We are an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equality of opportunity and to providing a service and following practices which are free from unfair and unlawful
discrimination. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no applicant or member of staff receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual
orientation, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be
relevant to performance. It seeks also to ensure that no person is victimised or subjected to any form of bullying or harassment.
We value people as individuals with diverse opinions, cultures, lifestyles, and circumstances.
All employees are covered by this policy and it applies to all areas of employment including
recruitment, selection, training, deployment, career development, and promotion. These
areas are monitored, and policies and practices are amended, if necessary, to ensure that no
unfair or unlawful discrimination, intentional, unintentional, direct or indirect, overt or
The Proprietor has responsibility for implementing and monitoring the Equality and
diversity policy and, as part of this process, all personnel policies and procedures is
administered with the objective of promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating unfair
or unlawful discrimination.
All employees, workers, or self-employed contractors whether part time, full time or
temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion,
training, or any other benefit will be based on aptitude and ability. All employees will be
helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the
workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of Inspire by Sbarduno.
Equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and compliance with the law is to the benefit of
all individuals in Inspire by Sbarduno and seeks to develop the skills and abilities of its
people. While specific responsibility for eliminating discrimination and providing equality
of opportunity lies with managers and supervisors, individuals at all levels have a
responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect. The personal commitment of every
employee to this policy and application of its principles are essential to eliminate
discrimination and provide equality throughout Inspire by Sbarduno.
Our commitment as an employer
The Proprietor is committed to:
• creating an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of our staff are recognised and valued
• every employee, worker or self-employed contractor is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated
• providing training, development, and progression opportunities to all staff
• understanding equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense
• reviewing all our employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness.
Our commitment as a service provider
The Proprietor is committed to:
• providing services to which all clients are entitled regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion
or belief, sex or sexual orientation, offending past, caring responsibilities, or social class
• making sure our services are delivered equally and meet the diverse needs of our service users and clients by assessing and meeting the diverse needs of our clients
• fully supporting this policy by senior management and ensuring agreement has been reached with employee representatives
• selecting those for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit purely based on aptitude and ability
• monitoring and reviewing this policy annually
• having clear procedures that enable our clients, candidates for jobs and employees to raise a grievance or make a complaint if they feel they have been unfairly treated
• treating breaches of our equality and diversity policy as misconduct which could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
Equal opportunity policy statements
• ensure that people of all ages are treated with respect and dignity
• ensure that people of working age are given equal access to our employment, training, development, and promotion opportunities and
• challenge discriminatory assumptions about younger and older people.
• provide any reasonable adjustments to ensure disabled people have access to our services and employment opportunities
• challenge discriminatory assumptions about disabled people and
• seek to continue to improve access to information by ensuring availability of loop systems, braille facilities, alternative formatting, and sign language interpretation.
• challenge racism wherever it occurs
• respond swiftly and sensitively to racists incidents and
• actively promote race equality in the business.
• challenge discriminatory assumptions about women and men
• take positive action to redress the negative effects of discrimination against women
• offer equal access for women and men to representation, services, employment, training and pay and encourage other organisations to do the same and
• provide support to prevent discrimination against transsexual people who have or who are about to undergo gender reassignment.
• ensure that we take account of the needs of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals and
• promote positive images of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals.
Religion or belief
• ensure that employees’ religion or beliefs and related observances are respected and accommodated wherever possible and
• respect people’s beliefs where the expression of those beliefs does not impinge on the legitimate rights of others.
Pregnancy or maternity
• ensure that people are treated with respect and dignity and that a positive image is promoted regardless of pregnancy or maternity
• challenge discriminatory assumptions about the pregnancy or maternity of our employees and
• ensure that no individual is disadvantaged and that we take account of the needs of our employees’ pregnancy or maternity.
Marriage or civil partnership
• ensure that people are treated with respect and dignity and that a positive image is promoted regardless of marriage or civil partnership.
• challenge discriminatory assumptions about the marriage or civil partnership of our employees and
• ensure that no individual is disadvantaged and that we take account the needs of our employees’ marriage or civil partnership.
We will prevent discrimination against our employees regardless of their offending
background (except where there is a known risk to children or vulnerable adults).
We will ensure that all employees, male or female, have the right to the same contractual pay
and benefits for carrying out the same work, work rated as equivalent work or work of equal
Inspire by Sbarduno recognises the dangers of unconscious bias arising at work, which is where an opinion is formed on an individual by a manager or colleague without them necessarily being aware they have formed it.
There are many different forms of unconscious bias, ranging from an affinity towards those of a similar background to placing too much significance on what has been identified as a
The organisation will work against forms of unconscious bias in all decisions taken for
employment, including recruitment, promotion, and training opportunities, with a focus on
promoting diversity and inclusion.
In particular, the proprietor will implement the following:
• Maintaining a diverse panel to make decisions
• Referring to specific job criteria when making recruitment decisions
• Discounting any favourable personal relationships with staff.
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