The OFT is an independent, professional body staffed by high performing economists, lawyers and generalists. As well as our mission, we live by four values:
We make markets work well for consumers, with enthusiasm and conviction. We bring excitement, energy and life into our day-to-day work and encourage each other in achieving our goals.
We achieve more by being reliable, valuing risk-taking, sharing work and engaging openly and respectfully with each other. OFT feels like a supportive family.
We have a greater impact on consumers by being bold, innovative and questioning. With the help of our colleagues we do the right thing, rather than the easy thing, and we learn from our mistakes.
We break down barriers, across the workplace and externally, by being friendly, frank, transparent and inclusive.
The Office of Fair Trading is committed to equality and diversity in its workforce. Like every other organisation, the OFT is also subject to legal obligations concerning disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and age.
Equality and diversity is something we consider fully when working to achieve our mission of making markets work well for consumers. As set out in our Annual Plan, and in support of government's approach to vulnerability, we continue to prioritise our work relating to vulnerable consumers and those challenged by the adverse economic climate. We have used the Equality Act 2010 as the catalyst to review our key external and internal policies, and to review projects and cases undertaken in the financial year 2010/11 and we will continue to provide such reports on an annual basis (see below).
We are also committed to creating an inclusive working environment for our staff. We recognise the value of having a diverse team of people in our organisation, where all are respected and treated fairly and are provided with the right balance of challenge and opportunity to develop. Statistical information on the diversity of our staff can be found in our Annual Report.
Our annual Equality Review (pdf 187kb) (published November 2012 for the year 2011/12) gives examples of where we have met the General Duty of the Equality Act 2010. The OFT's equality objectives and action plan (pdf 55kb) covers our internal and external approach to equality and diversity in the OFT.