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Equality Diversity & Inclusion

Accord values diversity and actively opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination.

Find out more about what we do and how we can support you if you’re having an issue at work, plus much more.

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Dignity & respect

Accord values diversity and actively opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination. Nobody should have to face bullying or harassment at work. Nor should they feel afraid to be themselves. Accord campaigns for dignity and respect at work for all workers.

We’re here to help if you’ve been treated unfairly at work because of your gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic.

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How we support you

We’re here to help if you’ve been treated unfairly at work, and to assist you in challenging discrimination should it occur.

Discrimination means treating a person unfairly because of who they are or because they possess certain characteristics. If you’ve been treated differently from other people only because of who you are or because you possess certain characteristics, you may have been discriminated against.

Our team of professional advisers can help you determine whether you have been discriminated against and how best to pursue a claim. Firstly, with your employer (if appropriate) or through the legal system if that’s the best route.

These issues can be complicated, but we can walk you through your options and provide legal advice and representation where appropriate. Get in touch with your local Accord officer.

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Equality Diversity & Inclusion group

Accord’s Equality Diversity & Inclusion group formed in 2019. Its key aim is to help the union tackle prejudice and discrimination and build representation and capability internally. We also aim to:

  • ensure everyone can maximise their potential regardless of their background
  • uphold the union’s values – everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and Accord opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination
  • celebrate all forms of diversity – we’re richer through diversity
  • listen to and collectively learn from people’s experiences to remove barriers they face
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Equality monitoring

Accord is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all members and this means ensuring that we provide equal access to our services too. Like most organisations, this means we need to understand any barriers preventing this and equality monitoring helps us to do this.

We follow industry and union best practices in the questions that we ask and how we present this information. We have separated questions about gender and transgender into two sections — because someone can identify as a woman and be transgender.

To ensure we support non-binary people, we've considered what information we need to know about our members. For instance, we used to collect people's preferred titles, but this information doesn't add any value to us or you as a member - we therefore stopped asking this question. All of our equality monitoring sections always provide an option of ‘prefer not to disclose’. It’s vitally important that we have this option because people must feel comfortable disclosing information to us or choosing not to. For many transgender and non-binary people, that level of trust may not exist because of the high level of prejudice and discrimination against these communities — being gay for example is seen as more acceptable societally, but huge stigmas continue to exist around transgender identities.

Accord takes part in the TUC Equality Audit which examines the steps unions are taking to promote equality in their membership and structures and reflect the diversity of membership. It’s therefore important that we ask the right questions and understand who our members really are. We'll publish updates on our progress through our blog.

Read our equality blog posts

Equality terminology

In this section we cover a number of terms you may hear relating to equality matters, and their meaning.

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The term Black (with the capital ‘B’) is a broad political term, as sometimes there is a need to talk in a broader and more general collective, especially when talking about structural discrimination and disadvantage, and it is in this context that we use the term Black.

It is used as in an inclusive sense to describe contemporary people in Britain whose heritage includes those who suffered colonialism and enslavement, and who continue to experience racism and diminished opportunities in modern-day society. It’s a political term which has been most used routinely in anti-racist campaigns from the ‘70s onwards, and in the union movement. The term Black grew at a time when there was a need to create unity in our fight against deep-rooted racism that sees people disadvantaged because of the colour of their skin.

It’s not intended to diminish the struggles that other specific ethnically diverse communities face, and while some of those challenges differ, the roots of colonialism and discrimination remain entrenched in the political divisions that have been created in our collective history, and which continue today.

That’s not to say that this is the right way to refer to a group of communities, as different ethnicities have different and unique experiences which we must recognise.


The law considers you to be disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. It also applies if you have a condition that is likely to get progressively worse over time.

We have created an eBite guidance on disability called 'Disability: Know your rights'.


LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. There are other letters that we could add to the end of this, but we have adopted the TUC standard which uses the 'plus' symbol to include all other groups outside traditional norms, including nonbinary, intersex, and other queer people (and those questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation).


When we start breaking away from the binary view of gender, we start to find that how people see themselves is more of a spectrum than just two choices. Some people describe themselves as non-binary. This means they don’t identify exactly as 100% male or female, but somewhere in-between. Or they may identify as an entirely separate third gender that’s neither female nor male.


Queer is an umbrella term, and it’s pretty unlimited. Some people simply don’t wish to conform to binary choices (and why should they?) but others feel it describes the true nature of their sexuality/gender identity better.

It also means that if the nature of someone’s relationship changes over time, they don’t have to erase their past or face complicated questions (for example if a straight woman develops a relationship with another woman, by using labels it may erase the past relationships and experiences she had with men).


Upcoming events

You will be able to register for all upcoming events as we make them available and will always be listed on our events page.

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Past events

We provide a curated list of recorded events that can be watched back at your leisure. You can access these at and point on our webinars page.

Watch past events

TUC equality conferences

You can access details and documents relating to the TUC equality conferences here.



You can access all our equality guidance / eBites on our guidance page.

View our online guidance

Awareness dates

Awareness dates

There are many different awareness dates through the calendar year. Here you'll find a curated listed of awareness dates that we'd like our members to know about (we'll be adding to this over time).

More about different equality groups

In this section you can learn more about each of the different equality groups, some of the issues faced by these groups, awareness dates and lots of sources of support.

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Upcoming equality events


Accord & BWC Wellbeing Webinar

Bank Workers Charity: Addiction explained

  • Date: 04 June 2024
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Location: Online

New date! We've teamed up with the Bank Workers Charity to look at the effects of addiction in the workplace, the impacts on professional environments and individuals' overall wellbeing. This session aims not only to impart valuable insights into the prevalence of addiction but also to present strategies that nurture a more open and supportive workplace environment. This is a free webinar, open to all members.

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Bank Workers Charity: Understanding men's health

  • Date: 13 June 2024
  • Time: 11:00 - 11:45
  • Location: Online

Men are less likely to talk about their mental health and are more reluctant to see their GP. In this webinar from the Bank Workers Charity they will explore the reasons why, and the key issues affecting men’s health. This is a free webinar and open to everyone.

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