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Diversity and inclusion2022-09-26T12:42:07+01:00

Diversity and inclusion at DE&S

At Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), we’re building an environment where every colleague has a sense of purpose and belonging. We’re committed to understanding the diverse needs of our people and empowering leaders to provide a supportive environment that enables each one of us to bring our best selves to work.

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a more inclusive culture, we’re rolling out our Diverse Assessor Scheme to more of our recruitment campaigns. Our Diverse Assessors are specially trained colleagues who join interview panels as an equal member, to identify and mitigate bias. Our aim is to diversify decision-making, improve the candidate experience, and ultimately make DE&S a more attractive employer particularly for those from underrepresented groups.

Our people are key to our success. We value and embrace differences that make us unique and provide a safe work environment where individuals can be their authentic selves. This means a place where everyone feels welcome and can challenge behaviours that fall outside of our values of Excellence, Inclusivity, Collaboration, and Integrity.

So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or how you think, we welcome you to be the best that you can be – achieving your aspirations and reaching your full potential.

Diversity networks

We run a number of diversity networks and initiatives to support our inclusive culture. They’re a great place to connect with people across the organisation, and all employees are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other dimension of diversity.

Our networks include:

Pride Network

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Race and Culture Network

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Neuro Inclusivity Network

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Young Defence Network South West

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Women’s Inclusive Network

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Christian Network

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Employee Networks

We have several employee networks throughout our organisation. Each of our networks is championed by a member of our senior leadership team and is run by dedicated volunteers. With inspiring allies and thought leaders, our networks provide a source of support to members, ensuring they’re part of key conversations and raising important issues across our community, to advance our inclusion journey and help everyone feel like they belong.

Please see our full DE&S Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2022 (opens as a pdf in a new tab).

Our networks include:

  • Disability Network
  • Neuro Inclusivity Network
  • Women’s Inclusive Network
  • Race and Culture Network
  • Christian Network
  • Young Defence Network
  • Pride Network
  • Social Mobility Network
  • Parents Network
  • Pregnancy and Maternity Network
  • Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Network
  • Cancer Network
  • Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Network
  • Change Advocate Network
  • Volunteers Network
  • Go Green Network
  • MOD Menopause Network

Our Outreach Programme offers our people personal development opportunities within our local communities, while increasing social mobility in recognition of the benefits that attracting a diverse range of people brings to our organisation.

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Smita Ghosh – Social Mobility Network

I’ve been part of the Social Mobility Network for nearly a year now and I really enjoy engaging with it. It’s lovely to belong to an organisation where you feel there are others like you, rather than feel isolated. It’s great that the network regularly has discussions around the personal journeys of others. I have attended quite a few of these and find them extremely inspiring and uplifting. The network members are all very positive and we have interesting and thoughtful conversations. I have enjoyed every Personal Impact workshop I have attended as they are insightful and it’s so great interacting with others as there is always much to learn.

Meet our people

More about Defence Equipment and Support

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Who we are

Part of the Ministry of Defence, we’re a mix of 11,500 talented civil servants and military personnel located across the UK and abroad.

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What we do

Delivering a programme of work of over £10bn annually, we ensure the UK Armed Forces have all the equipment and support they need for their operations.

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Work for us

Join us in specialisms from engineering to project management to commercial – take your first step to a more rewarding career with DE&S.

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