Geostream Solutions (‘the Company’, ‘we’, ‘us’, or ‘our’) is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.
The organization – in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities – is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.
Our policy’s purpose
This policy’s purpose is to:
1. Provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
2. Not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of:
• gender reassignment
• marriage or civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• race (including color, nationality, and ethnic or national origin)
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
3. Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in:
• pay and benefits
• terms and conditions of employment
• dealing with grievances and discipline
• leave for parents
• requests for flexible working
• selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities
The organization commits to the following:
1. Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace as they are good practices and make business sense
2. Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognized and valued.
This commitment includes training managers and all other employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality, diversity and inclusion policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves to help the organization provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination.
All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public
3. Take complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public, and others seriously during the organisation’s work activities.
Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Severe complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.
Further, sexual harassment may amount to an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.
4. Make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the organisation’s efficiency.
5. Make decisions concerning staff based on merit (apart from any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
6. Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness and update them and the policy to consider changes in the law.
7. Monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality, diversity and inclusion policy.
Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.
Agreement to follow this policy
The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by senior management and has been agreed upon with trade unions and/or employee representatives.