Equality pledge

"We believe in the dignity of all people and their right to respect and equality of opportunity. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to our community. Our aspiration is for South Cambridgeshire and the wider region to be safe, welcoming and inclusive".

The Equality Pledge is a simple pledge that commits signatory organisations to appreciate and value the benefits that different communities contribute to South Cambridgeshire and the surrounding region. 

The Equality Pledge provides a simple but effective way to demonstrate support for all communities.

For organisations

All organisations in Cambridgeshire, whether from the public, voluntary or private sector, are welcome to sign up to the Equality Pledge.

By publicly stating this commitment, organisations can then identify how to make the Equality Pledge a reality in the work that they do. This approach recognises that organisations vary by size, sector and capacity. However, all are united in recognising the importance of principles of the Equality Pledge.

What your organisation needs to do

In order to get the most out of the Equality Pledge, organisations need to reflect and consider what can be done to make our community safer and more inclusive for all. 

The first steps are to consider what signing-up to the Equality Pledge means.  This could include thinking about how to:

  • Publicise signing up to the Equality Pledge
  • Provide equal opportunities in your recruitment practices and actively support under-represented groups to enter the labour market/ take up volunteering opportunities
  • Make your services and information more accessible to the community, especially socially excluded groups
  • Support or engage with initiatives that exist across our area to support different protected groups. 
  • Share your success with others. Sharing success and good practice is helpful to both your organisation and to others that are considering ideas for initiatives or actions.

Examples of actions that can be taken

  • Participating in national or local initiatives to promote inclusion. For instance, you could hold events or support initiatives that are part of Black History Month, International Women’s Day, Mental Health Awareness Week, International Day of Persons with Disabilities and/or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month).
  • Providing information and training to all staff that can support awareness of local initiatives and different communities.
  • Promoting the Equality Pledge logo in organisational literature.
  • Partnering or sponsoring initiatives with local community groups.
  • Implementing ideas to promote a more diverse workforce, for example by undertaking positive action. For example, you could advertise in Fyne Times
  • Engaging senior organisational colleagues to promote the Equality Pledge or initiatives.
  • Sharing information on local events with staff and other stakeholders.

Sign up to our equality pledge as an organisation

Please email us at equality.schemes@scambs.gov.uk to sign up to our equality pledge as an organisation. 

What you can do next

To get the most out of the Equality Pledge, you are encouraged to think about ways to get involved, including: 

  • Sharing information on the Equality Pledge with family, friends, colleagues, schools or other community groups.
  • Staying informed about ideas, issues and initiatives taking place locally.  For example, events for Black History Month, LGB&T History Month, or the Safer Spaces campaign. 
  • Check out our Equality Pledge Newsletter (01) 

Our Signatories

Cambridge City Football Club

Cambridge City Football club 

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment to which all are made welcome, providing access and opportunities at our ground for all members of the community to take part in and enjoy its activities.
The Club has long been a supporter of 'Let’s kick racism out of football'. We will apply a zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination, treat all people fairly and take positive action where inequalities exist, including promoting awareness raising events.
We have recently implemented our Equality and Diversity Policy, an inclusive approach to recruitment and selection for all posts at the club and a process for dealing with all concerns and complaints, including those about all forms of discriminatory behaviour. The Club is entering exciting times with the development of our new stadium, training facilities and community areas in Sawston, providing inclusive facilities to create a hub for the community, where we can build on our reputation as a family–friendly club, welcome to all, regardless of their background.
We pride ourselves on the role we play in our community and the work we do with our charity partners. We have a diverse range of teams, including a thriving youth set up, Girls and Ladies teams and Disability teams.

26. Storey's Field Community Trust 

We are a community centre in a new housing development in Cambridge city. We want to sign the pledge to ensure that everyone feels welcome in our community centre.

Cooper and Barnes Automotive Logo

Cooper Barnes Automotive 

We are delighted to take the Equality Pledge. We are committed to an inclusive environment and equality is a core value to Cooper Barnes, not only internally with our staff, and externally to our customers. We work to maintain inclusivity, tolerance, acceptance and diversity in our policies and practices.

Kameo Recruitment logo

Kameo Recruitment 

We recently founded our own awards, which will go ahead in May 2022, they will be a place where businesses will come together to recognise, celebrate, and give thanks to Cambridgeshire based businesses big and small that are making a positive and meaningful impact in their local community.

We work within the community, predominately spear-heading domestic abuse awareness campaigns; part of this work includes establishing our own Domestic Abuse Policy which is accessible FREE of charge to all businesses.  We are regular Form the Future volunteers, and before the pandemic supported Turtle Dove (founded to improve the future of young women), by providing careers advice, and support to the women who came through their doors.

Internally we actively encourage positive contribution for all employees; we are at our happiest when the team bear a smile. Despite the challenges COVID-19 has thrown as us we have continued to put the wellbeing of staff at the forefront of our business.

Kameo Recruitment logo

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Cambridge and District Citizens Advice logo 

Cambridge and District Citizens Advice

 Cambridge United Football Club logo

Cambridge United Football Club


Cambridgeshire Constabulary Logo   

Cambridgeshire Constabulary 

Cambridge City Council logo

Cambridge City Council


 Cambridgeshire County Council logo  

Cambridgeshire County Council                                                          

Centre 33 

Arthur Rank Hospice logo

Arthur Rank Hospice 

Rowan Logo

Rowan Arts Centre 

Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum


Cambridge Live


Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service


East Cambridgeshire District Council


Fenland District Council


Huntingdonshire District Council


Office of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner


Richmond Fellowship Employment Services


University of Cambridge


Avocet Cleaning


Cambridgeshire Football Association


Disability Cambridgeshire 



Encompass Network 


Lanpro Services 

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