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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Intent


Since 1998, our mission at Scottish Book Trust has been to bring the joy of reading, writing and books to everyone in Scotland. We believe that reading and writing for pleasure have the power to transform lives, and that who you are should never limit what you are able to achieve.

As a national charity, we deliver our life-changing programmes the length and breadth of Scotland. Our work is for everyone, but we will endeavour to do more to remove barriers to participation, support those whose voices are marginalised and ensure that everyone in Scotland understands and feels like our work is for them. We acknowledge we have a responsibility to tackle inequalities through our programming, and that we can do as much as we can to help to create a community where everyone can thrive.

We have consistently taken steps to embed equality, diversity and inclusion work in our programmes, organisational structure and culture. We established an EDI Advisory Group in 2020, to focus on ensuring that our principles are more proactively embedded in all aspects of our work and that we are alive to making changes and improvements where we see we can do better.

We are committed to opposing all forms of discrimination. This includes discrimination against people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010, as well as people who face barriers beyond the protected characteristics, such as those with refugee status, people affected by poverty and people who face multiple intersecting barriers.

We oppose all forms of bigotry, including (but not limited to) ableism, sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, classism, xenophobia, language discrimination and intolerance to people of any religion or faith.

If you would like to know more about our values, commitments and the EDI Advisory Group's current priorities, you can read more below.

Our values and principles in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our long-term commitments

What we are working on right now

What's next?

First published: Friday 28 January 2022

Last updated: Friday 28 January 2022