Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Exousia Trust: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Exousia Trust is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce and volunteers, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce and volunteers to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation – in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities – is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.

Our goal is that our employees and volunteers can come from all sections of society.

The policy’s purpose is to:

  • provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment or volunteering to support us, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
  • not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities

We commit to:

  • Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace as they are essential to our service provision
  • Create an environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all are recognised and valued.

    Responsibilities include staff and volunteers conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination.

    All staff and volunteers should understand they can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination against fellow employees, volunteers, customers, suppliers and the public

  • Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, volunteers, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.

    Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal of staff without notice or removal of the right to volunteer.

  • Make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.
  • Decisions concerning staff being based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
  • Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.

The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by the trustees.

Exousia Trust engages with guests, clients, supporters, customers, staff and volunteers that may have past issues or ongoing issues, including behaviours prohibited by law. While ensuring equality we will recognise that many people involved are imperfect. We are committed to working in a manner that permits all people, irrespective of their failings, to participate to the fullest extent reasonable. To that end we commit to:

  • Supporting those that may be subject to temptation
  • Protecting the vulnerable should people fail

Workers, volunteers and supporters are expected:

  • To be open and honest about any weakness and temptation
  • To ensure each other is supported and protected
  • To take responsibility for their own actions
  • To ensure the vulnerable are protected

 

Exousia Trust is a Registered Charity in Great Britain, No. 1002581