Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is about seeing people as unique individuals and embracing all identities and perspectives. It is important that everyone feels valued and able to contribute regardless of their background or working style. Our ambition is to be an exemplar organisation for Diversity & Inclusion, one that others look to learn from. We want colleagues to feel confident being themselves and to see the NAO as a fantastic place to develop their career. This vision is woven into our value of inclusion and respect and is voiced through our belief that the NAO is at its strongest when we embrace all our unique characteristics.

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We have developed a D&I Strategy that supports our overarching Strategy 2020 to 2025 and reflects the priorities our people feel we should be focusing on over the next four years. It frames our approach to D&I and provides clarity on those areas we most need to improve. It sets out four priority areas:

  • Proactively strengthen the diversity of our pipeline
  • Maximising the potential of all our people
  • Building a culture of inclusion and respect for others
  • Setting clear ambitions and holding ourselves to account

The D&I Strategy is supported by a series of clear, ambitious targets. Progress will be monitored by our Diversity and Inclusion Operational Committee (DIOC) and our Executive Team who will provide challenge to the pace and direction of change. We also publish our progress externally through our D&I Annual Report.


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