Women in agriculture - implementing equality commitments: research report

Main findings from an evidence review and case-study research carried out to explore effective ways of bringing about greater gender equality within Scottish agricultural businesses. The research was designed to gather evidence on gender equality initiatives and their effectiveness within business of different sizes in male-dominated industries.


1. The UK government definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) includes micro (less than 10 employees), small (less than 50 employees and medium sized (less than 250 employees) businesses (Department for International Trade, 2020).

2. More information is available on the EOS website.

3. Sage is a HR software platform that manages, for example, timesheets, employee data and performance management. More information is available SAGE website.

4. The company employs individuals and sends them into client organisations in the industry where their skills and expertise are required. This may be for varying periods of time depending on the needs of the client. During this time, individuals are employees of the original company but work as part of the team within the organisation in which they are seconded.

5. More information is available here: STEM Ambassador Programme | STEM

6. Create a culture of diversity and inclusion | WISE (wisecampaign.org.uk)

7. See for example: Gender Bias Decoder | Totaljobs

8. Active bystander training asks participants to share examples and experiences from the industry to create better awareness of persistent issues and provides employees with the skills to challenge unacceptable behaviours directed at them or other colleagues.

9. See for example: Resources – WISE (wisecampaign.org.uk)

10. Examples of resources can be accessed here: Diversity and Inclusion Research (raeng.org.uk); MAP (measure, analyse, plan) Tool | Women in Nuclear UK (winuk.org.uk) and Resources – WISE (wisecampaign.org.uk)

11. Information sheet & consent form | University of Strathclyde


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