Example of an equality, diversity, and inclusion policy
Academy for Self-Maximization® Pvt Ltd is committed to encouraging equality, diversity, and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee 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 policy’s purpose
This policy’s purpose is to:
1. Provide equality, fairness, and respect for all in our employment,
whether temporary, part-time or full-time
2. Not unlawfully discriminate because of any of the following
• gender reassignment
• marriage or civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin)
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
3. Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in:
• pay and benefits
• terms and conditions of employment
• dealing with grievances and discipline
• leave for parents
• requests for flexible working
• selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunitie
The organisation commits to:
1. Encourage equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense
2. Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimization, and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.
3. This commitment includes all employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality, diversity, and inclusion policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent
bullying, harassment, victimisation, and unlawful discrimination. All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimization, and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow
employees, customers, suppliers and the public
4. Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, 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 under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.
Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 2013 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a
protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.
5. 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.
6. Make decisions concerning staff being based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
7. Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness and update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.
8. Monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality, diversity and inclusion policy.
Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.
Agreement to follow this policy
The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by senior management.
Our disciplinary and grievance procedures
As per organisation’s grievance and disciplinary policy, an employee should raise a grievance with their line manager and may escalate further to line manager’s superior.
Use of the organisation’s grievance or disciplinary procedures does not affect an employee’s right to make a claim to an employment tribunal within three months of the alleged discrimination.