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Statement from the 2021 Report of Trustees

The Board of Trustees commissioned a review of governance practices against the refreshed Charity Code of Governance to identify application of recommended practices and areas for improvement.

Following the implementation of recommendations arising from the 2019/2020 Governance Review, the review against the Charity Code of Governance reflected good progress against each principle of the Code. It was agreed that the focus in 2021/22 would be on principle six (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). Key to this would be the reinstatement of the Board’s EDI Committee and implementation of the RCOG EDI Action Plan.

The College has already committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce to ensure our employees can thrive, feel included, valued and reach their full potential whilst working with us.

As part of the EDI strategy we have prioritised four areas to base our action plan on. The first area is inclusion and organisation culture, to ensure that as we improve representation we can retain staff who thrive in a culture that is welcoming and understanding of difference with practices in place that support inclusion. The second area is organisational performance and monitoring where we ensure we base our actions on data and that we benchmark our progress externally. The third area is leadership and accountability where we will work with our EDI committee and Board to ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in the organisation. The last area is policies, practices and procedures where are our actions will focus on reducing inequalities and barriers to inclusion by reviewing and making changes across the whole employee lifecycle from recruitment through to talent development and exit from the College.

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