1 General Statement

Sustainable Merton recognises that certain individuals and groups are discriminated against on grounds of disability, race, ethnic origin, culture, socio-economic background, gender, sexuality, religion, creed, marital status and age. Sustainable Merton is committed to working towards eliminating all forms of discrimination both through its own work and through its employment policies and practices.

The responsibility for ensuring equality and diversity among potential and actual users, members, employees and job applicants, rests ultimately with the Trustee Board. Members of staff – full-time, part-time and volunteers – are responsible for the implementation of the policy, its observance, monitoring it on a day-to-day basis and reporting on its operation to the Trustee Board.

2 Combatting discrimination

Recognising that passive policies will not achieve change, Sustainable Merton will, through regular monitoring of policies and practice, take active steps to combat discrimination in the following areas.

2.1 Information provision: Staff, volunteers, members and the public must have easy access to information about Sustainable Merton’s services and activities, which may involve making materials available where appropriate in a variety of media, e.g. in large print or electronically. In particular, all printed materials will be in a minimum of 10pt type.

2.2 Recruitment and selection: Sustainable Merton aims to receive the widest response to employment vacancies. All vacancies will be advertised, at a minimum on Sustainable Merton’s website. The range of media and publications chosen will attempt to reflect the aim of reaching all sections of society. Information sent to potential applicants will include the job description, a person specification and details of this Equality and Diversity Policy. It will be standard practice to supply information in large print when requested – this will be noted in advertisements.

2.3 Terms and Conditions: Sustainable Merton will endeavour to ensure that staff are not discriminated against through the terms and conditions under which they are employed. Furthermore, Sustainable Merton recognises that from time to time family and social circumstances may change and consequently that staff may need to change their conditions of work. Sustainable Merton will attempt, where circumstances and resources permit, to accommodate the needs of those staff.

2.4 Volunteering: Sustainable Merton aims to work with volunteers from all sections of society and will endeavour to ensure that volunteers are not discriminated against through the arrangements for them to carry out the work they do for Sustainable Merton.

2.5 Training and Support: Sustainable Merton recognises that training is an important factor in job achievement and opportunity. Induction training will be made available to all new staff and volunteeers. When other needs are identified, every effort will be made to ensure that training is provided. Staff and volunteers are entitled to support from management and colleagues, including regular supervision from their line manager or project manager.

2.6 Monitoring: Regular monitoring and reviews of all procedures will take place from time to time, to check the effectiveness of Sustainable Merton’s Equality and Diversity policies. Staff will be required to report the results of such monitoring to the Trustees annually and to recommend such amendments as are needed to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policies are effective at all levels of the organisation.

2.7 Complaints: It is recognised that there may from time to time be complaints against members of staff or the organisation. The procedure will be clearly publicised on Sustainable Merton’s website.