Our Commitment To Equality and Diversity

Sporting Equals is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, volunteers, partners and board members.  We value the diversity of our staff, partners and board members. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment which is reflected in the core values of Sporting Equals, which state the importance of:

- Valuing, respecting and promoting the rights, responsibilities and dignity of individuals within all our professional activities and relationships

- Equality of opportunity based on merit, irrespective of background, beliefs and socio-economic context

Commitment to equality and diversity

We believe that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and volunteers, enabling them to achieve their full potential, contribute fully and derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the work of Sporting Equals.  We recognise the value of diversity and that individuals diverse life experiences will help and enhance Sporting Equals.

To this end, we acknowledge the following basic rights for all members and prospective members of our community:

- To be encouraged to share their professional experiences to support the development of Sporting Equals
- To be treated with respect and dignity
- To be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices
- To be encouraged to reach one's full potential

These rights carry responsibilities and we require all members of our organisation to recognise these rights and act in accordance with them. In addition, we will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice.

No individual will be unjustly discriminated against. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, gender and sexual orientation.

Sporting Equals commits to reflect the diversity of the community in all aspects of its work. To this extent, the Board maintains its commitment to ensuring that at least 30% of its members are of either gender and that it includes, but is not exclusively black, Asian and minority ethnic members. Also, the Board is committed to representation of all religious groups and disabled persons as well as addressing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender perspective as far as possible.

Dealing with discrimination

We perceive bullying, harassment and victimisation of any individual as contradictory to our aspirations for a supportive working environment and will not be tolerated. Any allegations of such behaviour will be investigated, and ultimately disciplined, in accordance with the staff handbook policy. 

Responsibility

Sporting Equals Board will have overall responsibility for ensuring that we operate within a framework of equality of opportunity. The CEO will have overall management responsibility, delegated to all Senior Managers and other staff in relation to day to day practices.
All members of staff, volunteers and partners have a duty to support and uphold the principles of our equality and diversity policy and its supporting policies.

Policiy Ratified AGM Board - 22 January 2018

Diversity Action Plan

The Sporting Equals Board approved the Diversity Action plan at the 12 April 2018 Board which can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

http://www.sportingequals.org.uk/Diversity%20and%20Inclusion%20Action%20Plan_v1.0%2020180412.pdf

Our Commitment To Equality and Diversity

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