A diverse working group is key

In order to prepare a truly effective equality plan, a wide range of people from different backgrounds who bring diverse perspectives to the work should be invited to contribute.

A working group should be set up for the work, and its members should commit to developing the objectives throughout the process. This may require increasing their knowledge and understanding. Ideally, the same working group also supports the implementation.

In the working group, representation may mean, for example, different personnel groups as well as diversity based on, for example, age, gender, family situation or background. Particularly in organisations that meet customers from a variety of backgrounds, it may be good to invite people of various customer groups to participate in the planning.

The working group can also cooperate with external experts if it lacks sufficient expertise in some area of equality. For example, expert services to support work on equality may be purchased from many organisations focused on equality and non-discrimination.