Cross Cutting Themes

What are the Cross Cutting Themes?

The 2 Cross Cutting Themes cover Equality & Diversity & Environmental Sustainability.

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What do they have to do with ERDF Convergence?

Ensuring that the environment and economy work together and that all members of society are able to contribute to their full potential in the economy are key parts of the Convergence mission.

What do the Cross Cutting Themes mean for individual investments?

The integration of the Cross Cutting Themes is a common strand running throughout all projects receiving ERDF Convergence support.

In fact…

The European Commission states:

‘Projects qualifying for funding support must incorporate the Cross-Cutting Themes as these are essential for the achievement of a well balanced, sustainable and innovative economy.’

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity is one of the two Cross Cutting Themes of the Convergence Programme. 


Projects must be fully accessible to all.

Promoting equal access for all not only the  physical access to buildings but also to the business and employment opportunities offered throughout ERDF Convergence.

Supporting businesses and individuals who are under-represented in employment and business, and at the same time preventing discrimination on the grounds of the legally protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Environmental Sustainability

Managing environmental resources as responsibly as possible – Environmental Sustainability is the 2nd of the 2 Cross Cutting Themes.

Managing the impact on the environment of the European Funding investments is a key underpinning principle of the Convergence Programme for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. From the outset, all projects are required to review the impact they will have – whether positive or negative and to look at options to ensure best practice is used wherever possible from designing new buildings or infrastructure to the highest “green” standards, or managing the travel and behaviour of staff involved in supporting businesses such that their impact on the environment is minimised.

Many of the buildings built using ERDF Convergence investment receive a BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM  is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

What are the benefits?

Making the Cross Cutting Themes part of everyday life, by raising awareness of Equality and Diversity and Environmental Sustainability can only have a positive impact on individuals, businesses, the community and wider population.

As a result businesses benefit from improved staff motivation, loyalty and morale, and increased productivity. 

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