Equality Policy

1. Policy Statement

  1. CoSP recognises that discrimination and victimisation is unacceptable and that it is in the interests of the SCIO and its employees to use everyone’s skills. We aim to ensure that no employee, job applicant, volunteer or Trustee receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) on grounds of age, disability, gender / gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
  2. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give of their best.
  3. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination or victimisation. To that end the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and volunteering.
  4. All employees, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, and volunteers will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of 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 the organisation.
  5. This policy and the associated arrangements shall operate in accordance with statutory requirements. In addition, full account will be taken of any guidance or Codes of Practice issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, any Government Departments, and any other statutory bodies.

2. Our Commitment

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all people associated with CoSP are recognised and valued.
  • Every employee and volunteer is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.
  • Training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff and volunteers.
  • We will regularly review all our employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness.
  • Breaches of our equality policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
  • This policy is fully supported by the Trustee Board.
  • The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually

3. Review

The effectiveness of this policy and associated arrangements will be reviewed annually under the direct supervision of CoSP’s Chair.

Agreed by CoSP Trustee Board: 27th November 2018