Equal Opportunities Statement
We provide equal opportunities and are committed to the principle of equality regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, political opinion or affiliation, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability, or being a member of the travelling community. We will apply employment policies that are fair, reasonable and consistent with the skills and abilities of our employees and the needs of the business. We look to your support in implementing these policies to ensure that all employees are given equal opportunity for recruitment, training and promotion and, in all jobs of like work, on equal terms and conditions of employment.
We recognise that the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion is important and is the responsibility of all our employees. All employees should therefore contribute to ensuring that the Company continues to be a welcoming and a productive environment for all; where there is equality of opportunity fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity. We are committed to treating everyone, employees and customers, with dignity and respect. We promote an environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation and shall take reasonable steps to ensure we provide an inclusive business culture.
All employees are encouraged to:
- Support equality – through allowing equal access to job opportunities and fairness for all employees and job applicants in the workplace;
- Treat each other with respect and dignity – not to discriminate or conduct yourself in any way that will cause offence or be viewed as bullying.
- Appreciate and understand the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 (UK) and Employment Equality Act 1998 – 2015 (Ireland)– recognising these characteristics as: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, and being a member of the travelling community;
- Promote diversity – by valuing differences between employees.
Waddington Europe will not condone any discriminatory act or attitude in the conduct of our business against any applicant, employee, vendor, contract worker, consultant, client or customer. Acts of harassment or discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, political opinion or affiliation, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability or members of the travelling community are disciplinary offences and will be treated as Gross Misconduct. Employees should report any bullying or harassment by customers, suppliers, visitors or others to their manager who will take appropriate action.
The Company also prohibits any, and all, forms of victimisation and retaliation against any individual who has complained of harassing or discriminatory conduct, or anyone who participated in a Company or agency investigation into such complaints.