A socially inclusive society is defined as one where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity. Social inclusion allows people with all abilities to belong, feel informed, connected and contribute to society socially, culturally, economically and politically. Social Inclusion should be seen as an active process of integration, adaptation and ongoing change. Additionally, inclusive practices should be responsive to the needs of all employees, staff and external stakeholders.
An organisation that encourages diversity recognises and values differences such as gender, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality and sexuality. Diversity also entails the respect of personal traits such as life experience, career choices, educational background and communication style. In fact, diversity refers to respecting all that which may influence an individual’s personal experiences.