Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Policy Statement

Barwood Capital is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, where all individuals are supported, respected and valued.

We want our staff to reflect the diversity of the environments that we operate in, and we want to create a place to work where people can be free to be themselves no matter what their identity or background.

By creating a working, learning and social environment in which individuals can utilise their skills and talents to the full without fear of prejudice or harassment, we aim to create a culture where everyone can reach their fullest potential.

We will ensure that equality is embedded in all of our activities, policies and decisions and will work with our partners to share good practice. Key to this is our commitment to implementing a programme of activity, such as attending careers fairs in local schools, to progress our equality aims and objectives.

Scope

This policy applies to all current and potential employees. It covers discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and/or belief, sex or sexual orientation as set out in the Equality Act (2010).

Commitment

We will take active steps to fulfil our responsibilities and promote good practice by:

  • Complying with our legal obligations in a transparent manner
  • Developing company-wide diversity objectives as well as mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into our future planning process
  • Communicating our policy to all staff
  • Realising gender and racial equality throughout all aspects of the business, including recruitment.
  • Fostering good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of EDI matters among staff through policies, and guidance
  • Ensuring that existing staff, as well as applicants to work, are treated fairly and judged solely on merit and by reference to their skills and abilities
  • Raising awareness of our policies and commitment to EDI with external suppliers, contractors and partners and encouraging them to follow similar good practice
  • Ensuring that Barwood Capital is, as far as reasonably possible, welcoming and accessible to all
  • Making sure reasonable adjustments are made, as appropriate, to enable disabled staff to overcome barriers in the working, learning and social environment
  • Dealing with potential and actual acts of discrimination, harassment and bullying appropriately and taking appropriate action where necessary
  • All Barwood Capital staff have a responsibility to promote EDI.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group has responsibility for the co-ordination, support and delivery of this work.

This Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it reflects best practice and current legislation.