Equality in Publishing (EQUIP) is a membership organisation hosted and funded by The Publishers Association and the Independent Publishers Guild. Equip’s mission statement is :
To help promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to opportunities within the industry.
Equip operates through the following mechanisms:
1) Working with publishers, trade associations, schools, universities and colleges promoting publishing as a career.
2) Supporting its members with information and advice and hosting seminars and events.
3) Conducting research into workforce development, equality and diversity.
4) Providing best practice and case studies to instigate change in employer policies and actions.
In November 2012, Equip launched the Publishing Equalities Charter – an initiative unique to the publishing industry. The Charter’s aim is to create a network of businesses with a commitment to equality and diversity in publishing. It is an opportunity to bring new ideas to the table and start dialogues across the industry.