A quick guide to Equal Opportunities/Diversity Policies
In line with Equal Opportunities legislation organisations will hold equal opportunities policies in relation to their recruitment and treatment of employees.
Increasingly organisations are moving away from equal opportunities policies to diversity policies which represents a shift from meeting requirements of legislation to achieving a positive benefit by recruiting a diverse workforce.
All Equal Opportunity/Diversity policies should be easy to read and publicly available or available on demand.
A basic policy should include:
- An undertaking to ensure that selection, promotion and treatment of individuals is on the basis of merit and ability.
- An undertaking to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of:
National or ethnic origins
Sex, marital status or sexuality
“Spent convictions” of ex-offenders
Political or religious belief
- A commitment to remove any abuse, harassment or intimidation from the workplace
A commitment to measure the % of different groupings in the workforce is also a normal commitment of larger suppliers
To go beyond a basic policy a supplier may want to extend their policies to cover positive commitment to, for example:
- attract disadvantaged areas of the workforce
- employing a diverse workforce which reflects the communities in which the company operates
- to, where appropriate, support people with special training to enable them to progress in the Company