Gender equality and STEM outreach:

  • We are involved in the IP inclusive initiative – a network that brings together people from across the IP sector to promote and improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the IP community
  • We host ‘Girls into Science’ days – fun, inspiring days aimed at exploring STEM and looking at female role models with 11-12 year old girls
  • We run a STEM school outreach programme
  • The IPO launched a Women’s Inclusive Network in 2018.

Looking more broadly than gender, the IPO have done a lot of work in the area of diversity and inclusion. We have won the following awards/achievements:

  • Stonewall top 100 employer and top 10 in Government
  • Winner of Stonewall’s Senior Champion of the Year award
  • Top 10 employer for Working Families
  • Business Disability Forum - Disability Confident Leader
  • Silver rating for the Business in the Community race benchmark
  • Higher than Public Sector average rating in Chwarae Teg’s Fairplay benchmark
  • Achieved the ‘Large employer of the year’ award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

View our Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report here

Employee Profiles

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"The IPO offers a friendly and relaxed environment, making it enjoyable to work here."

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