Equal Opportunities Policy

South East Security

Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy Statement

As an employer, South East Security is committed to equality and valuing diversity within its workforce and staff at all levels are encouraged to promote and practice a positive culture of inclusion and openness within their working environment.

Our goal is to ensure that these commitments, reinforced by our values, are included in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination , either directly or indirectly, on grounds of gender, gender reassignment, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working patterns, caring responsibilities (ie. pregnancy or those on maternity, paternity or adoption leav), trade union activity or political beliefs  or affiliation – or any other grounds.

This commitment applies to all aspects of employment including:

·         Recruitment and selection, including advertisements, job descriptions, interivew and selection procedures

·         Training

·         Promotion and career development opportunities

·         Terms and conditions of employment, and access to employment related benefits and facilities

·         Grievance handling and the application of disciplinary procedures

·         Selection for redundancy
We will demonstrate our commitment by:

·         promoting equality of opportunity and diversity within the communities in which we work and with all our partners and workforce

·         aiming to build a workforce which reflects our customer base, within the diverse communities in which we work, with the aim of having parity of representation across the workforce

·         encouraging recruitment from groups currently under-represented in the Company and their career progression once employed

·         treating our customers, colleagues and partners fairly and with respect

·         promoting an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment, and tackling behaviour which breaches this

·         recognising and valuing the differences and individual contribution that people make

·         providing support and encouragement to staff to develop their careers and increase their contributions to the organisation through the enhancement of their skills and abilities

·         building in legislative requirements and best practice to all our service delivery and employee policies and procedures, and supporting these with appropriate training and guidance

Every person working for South East Security has a personal responsibility for implementing and promoting these principles in their day-to-day dealings with everyone – including members of the public, other staff and employers and partners.  Inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable.

Employees have a duty to co-operate to ensure that this policy is effective to ensure equal opportunities and to prevent discrimination.  Disciplinary action will be taken against any employee who is found to have committed an act of improper discrimination.  Serious breaches of the equal opportunities policy will be treated as gross misconduct.

Employees should draw the attention of their immediate superior to suspected discriminatory acts or practices.  Employees should support colleagues who suffer such treatment and are making a complaint.

We will measure and report on the effectiveness of our service delivery and employee policies and processes, in relation to these principles, by building performance monitoring and management information requirements into policy and product development. This information will be used to inform future policy and to enhance business processes.

This Policy has been approved and authorised by:

Name:                  Jan Purcell
Position:              Contracts Manager

Date:                    February 2013