Studio Wallop Equality and Diversity Policy

Policy reviewed – February 2018

The overall objective of Studio Wallop’s Equality and Diversity Policy is to provide a framework to ensure equality of opportunity by eliminating unlawful or undesirable discrimination and harassment and to promote good relations and positive attitudes with all who work with Studio Wallop.

We seek to ensure that no member of Studio Wallop or any other person, through their contract with Studio

Wallop, receives less favourable treatment on any grounds which cannot be shown to be justified. This covers age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

The principles of this policy apply to all members of Studio Wallop.


Aims and Values

Studio Wallop regards each member as a valuable individual, regardless of race, social background, gender, ability or disability. Good relationships lie at the heart of a good team and support each individual to do their best. Fairness, trust and mutual respect are essential in creating an encouraging, positive team. All members of Studio Wallop have the right to be safe and supported.


Definition

Under the law, there are different categories of discrimination, with differences in the legal framework surrounding them. These are:

Direct discrimination: Is when a person is treated less favourably than others in comparable circumstances.

Because of characteristic, such as sex, race or disability. In the case of direct age discrimination this is unlawful only if it cannot be objectively justified.

Indirect discrimination: When a provision or practice is applied equally to all but has a different impact on members of one or more protected groups, so that as a result they are placed at a disadvantage.

Indirect discrimination is unlawful unless it can be justified for reasons unrelated to the characteristic in question.

Victimisation: Unwanted conduct which violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile environment, including characteristics, such as sex, race or disability.


Race Equality

Studio Wallop commitment to race equality includes:

• Ensuring all members of the team are encouraged to achieve their potential.
• Respecting and valuing differences between people.
• Making Studio Wallop a place where everyone feels welcome and valued.
• Promoting good relations between different racial and cultural group within Studio Wallop and within the wider community.
• Ensuring that an inclusive ethos is maintained.
• Acknowledge the existence of racism, the harm which this can do, taking steps to prevent it and taking firm action when it occurs.
• Recording and reporting all racist incidents.
• Opposing all forms of racism, racial prejudice and racial harassment.
• Being proactive in tackling and eliminating unlawful discrimination but also other incident that is deemed to be racist.
• Ensure that the employment process is fair and equitable to all people from all ethnic groups.
• Allowing special dispensation for leave of absence for religious observance.


Disability Equality

A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Studio Wallop’s Equality Policy demonstrates how we aim to fulfil its general and specific duties and outlines those involved in its work.

Studio Wallop aims to:

• Promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons.
• Eliminate discrimination that is undesirable or unlawful under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
• Promote positive attitudes towards disabled persons.
• Encourage participation by disabled persons in all aspects of Studio Wallops work and the wider community.
• Take steps to meet the needs of disabled persons, providing specialist equipment, modifications or resources, even if this requires more favourable treatment.
• Make all reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of disabled people, either through the Disability Equality Policy or through Occupational Health Assessments.

Gender Equality

Studio Wallop recognises that under the Equality Act 2006, there is a responsibility to ensure that people are treated fairly and equally regardless of gender.

Studio Wallop aims to:

• Eliminate undesirable or unlawful sex discrimination and harassment, taking steps to comply with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act.
• Promote equality of opportunity between males and females.
• Create a working ethos which promotes gender equality, develops understanding and challenges myths, stereotypes, misconceptions and prejudices.
• Encourages everyone within the Studio Wallop team to have a positive self image and high self esteem.
• Manage behaviour and discipline fairly and equally for all regardless of gender.

Roles and Responsibilities

Studio Wallop Produce and Partner will ensure that there is compliance with all relevant equality legislation. She will ensure that the policy is upheld and that staff are aware of their responsibilities under the policy. The policy will be regularly monitored and reviewed every three years.

Environmental Sustainability Policy (April 2013) Last reviewed April 2018

Studio Wallop recognises that its activities have the potential for both positive and negative impacts upon the environment. Studio Wallop acknowledges its responsibility for environmental protection and also endeavours to improve the environment were it can.

Studio Wallop commits itself to:

• Communicate its environmental policy and strategy to owners and contracted staff.
• Reduce its carbon footprint through prudent use of fossil fuels (through energy conservation, management and efficiency within buildings) and to switch to low-carbon fuel alternatives where possible.
• Manage and reduce water consumption.
• Deliver a travel plan to reduce single occupancy of Hybrid vehicle used to travel to off site locations. Implement measures to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport as principal modes of commuting and business travel for staff.
• Reduce waste created and where possible to reuse and recycle before responsible disposal of surplus materials; to use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible.
• Protect natural habitats and encourage local wildlife and biological diversity of the land around

Studio Wallop location.

• Integrate principles of environmental sustainability within all Studio Wallop policies and practices, specifically to those relating to procurement of goods and services.
• Refurbish and develop the area Studio Wallop is responsible for in a manner that avoids negative environmental impacts and enhances the local environment.
• Avoid or limit wherever practical the use of environmentally-damaging substances, materials and processes.
• Work with local, regional and national partners to realise environmental projects.
• Work towards ISO 14001 accreditation.

The policy itself is subject to annual review.