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Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has a big vision - to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food you can trust”. Our primary goal is the protection of public health and consumers’ wider interest in food. The work we do is incredibly varied, from working alongside local authorities to ensure the quality and welfare of the animals we eat to developing and informing policy decisions that impact the food on your table.

We believe that the best way our staff can serve the FSA’s mission is for everyone to be able to present their whole self at work. This means that nobody should feel the need to change who they are in order to ‘fit in’ or ‘progress’ within the FSA. The unique contribution each individual brings to the FSA is what strengthens us and allows us to better serve consumers from all backgrounds.

A great workplace is one where everyone feels welcome and enabled to do their best work. We believe that a healthy work-life balance plays a big role in this, and through the Our Ways of Working initiative we offer flexible and location-agnostic opportunities that allow individuals to work in a way that suits their needs.



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Diversity and Inclusion

Our diversity and inclusion strategy is designed to work on some of the root causes that hold people back from being their whole, best self at work. The FSA’s Diversity Council keeps it under regular review, and our staff networks also have a big hand in making it real and alive. But ultimately, the FSA is an inclusive place because of the small acts of kindness, inclusion, celebration and welcome that you and your colleagues do every day.

Our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture is built upon a foundation of a supportive and welcoming workplace. We want everyone to feel that:

  • they can be themselves;
  • their unique contribution is recognised, respected and valued;
  • they can achieve a healthy work-life balance;
  • they belong, and there is space for them to grow;
  • they serve each part of the community in a way that reflects its needs.

Our annual Diversity Report outlines our progress and achievements towards making the FSA diverse and inclusive. By acknowledging what we are doing well and where there is room for improvement, we are better able to create the culture we are looking for. In recent years we have launched our Women’s Network, re-launched our Behaviour Team to assist colleagues experiencing unwanted or inappropriate behaviour at work, and been recognised as an employer who is disability confident committed. The Diversity Report has encouraged a more open culture within the Agency, giving us more opportunities to build and develop a workplace where everyone is welcome.

The FSA’s diversity and inclusion commitments support the Civil Service diversity and inclusion strategy, which seeks both a continued focus on increasing the representation of currently under-represented groups at all levels across the Civil Service, and a new focus on inclusion to build our culture and reputation as a place that attracts, develops, retains and fully engages all the diverse talent across our organisation. The FSA’s commitments are:

  • To attract and retain a diverse workforce. We seek to create an inclusive recruitment policy, advertising across a diverse spectrum of channels, and monitoring our processes to ensure they are non-biased and non-discriminatory. We engage in name blind recruitment, ensure gender diverse interview panels and offer all our interviewers unconscious bias training. We are constantly working to increase access to mentoring, shadowing, coaching and career conversations that will encourage and promote progression into senior roles.
  • To champion inclusivity across our leadership and management community. Our leaders will drive and reinforce cultural change and an inclusive working environment, a mission set out as a performance objective to ensure delivery across the Agency. We are committed to the development of managers so that the ability to embed diversity and inclusion within their teams becomes a second nature, supported by Inclusion Champions within the Executive Management Team, Senior Leadership Team and throughout the business.
  • To develop and support staff networks in strengthening our diverse and inclusive culture. We want our staff networks to be owned and their focus directed by our staff. They can provide a safe space, when needed, for airing concerns and can also play a role in raising awareness and driving inclusive practices. As well as continuing to support our active staff networks, we will provide guidance and support to staff volunteers to establish more networks and provide ongoing support so that the capability and capacity of our networks can be developed and maintained.

 Mission and Values

Our overarching mission is food we can trust, and our vision is comprised of the following goals:

  • Food is safe
  • Food is what it says it is
  • Consumers can make informed choices about what to eat
  • Consumers have access to an affordable diet, now and in the future*

*the FSA only holds nutrition policy in Northern Ireland, not in England and Wales.

We believe that diversity should underpin everything we do as an organisation, and are keen for our workforce to reflect the wide range of communities we serve. We also operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for appointment.



Benefits at Food Standards Agency

List of all the benefits that Food Standards Agency are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Travel Allowance
  • Sabbatical & Career Break
  • Remote Work
  • Professional Development
  • Holiday & Time Off
  • Parental Benefits (inc. Adoption Support)
  • Health and Wellbeing Service
  • Family Crisis Support
  • Education Support
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Bonus and Discount Schemes
  • Accessibility & Workplace Adjustments

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