Equals IW is committed to equal opportunities policy and practice and will ensure that all volunteers, employees and service users, both actual and potential, are treated equally and as individuals regardless of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital or parental status, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation.
This equal opportunities policy will be implemented across all aspects of the organisation’s work in :-
- The appointment of members to its Management Committee.
- The appointment of staff and volunteers
- All dealings with its members
- All dealings with members of the public.
All forms of discrimination whether direct or indirect are unacceptable, regardless of whether there was any intention to discriminate or not. Equals IW aims to create a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. Equals aims to remove any barriers, bias or discrimination that prevent individuals or groups from realising their potential and contributing fully to our organisation’s performance and to develop an organisational culture that positively values diversity.
As an employer, Equals IW recognises the great benefits in having a diverse workforce with different backgrounds, solely employed on ability. The application of recruitment, training, and promotion policies to all individuals will be on the basis of job requirements and the ability and merits of the individual. Equals IW will encourage training of officers, staff, volunteers and members in equality and diversity.