We promote a working environment in which diversity is recognised, valued and encouraged. We acknowledge the multi-cultural and diverse nature of the UK workforce and society in general. We are committed to principles of fairness and mutual respect where everyone accepts the concept of individual responsibility in our efforts to achieve these objectives. It is therefore everyone’s responsibility to make sure they observe and adhere to this policy at all times. We will investigate any breach seriously and potentially take disciplinary action if necessary. This may include dismissal in instances we consider to be gross misconduct.
We recognise that discrimination in the workplace in any form is unacceptable and, in most cases, unlawful. Our policy seeks to ensure job applicants and employees are treated fairly and without favour or prejudice. We are committed to applying this throughout all areas of employment. This includes recruitment and selection, training and development, benefits, rewards and promotion, dealing with grievances and disciplinary issues.
Our policy complies with current legislation. We review it regularly and will update it if the law changes. However, we recognise that equality of opportunity is best achieved by day-to-day commitment throughout the organisation. We offer support and training where necessary to achieve and maintain this.
The selection methods we use for recruitment and promotion are related to the requirements of the job. We do not seek irrelevant qualifications, experience or skills. Applicants are short-listed/selected solely on the basis of their assessed capability for the role.
Protected Characteristics No job applicant, employee or anyone our organisation deals with receives less favourable treatment because of their protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are:-
Each and every one of us at PG Mutual is a stakeholder in the success of this policy. We expect everyone to make a positive contribution towards maintaining an environment of equal opportunity throughout the organisation. In particular, we expect everyone to:
Discrimination is not just treating one person less favourably than another. It can take place because:
We expect you to treat, and be treated by, other employees and the people our organisation deals with considerately and with respect.
If you feel subject to discrimination, make clear to the individual concerned that you find it unacceptable. Person-to-person discussion at an early stage may be enough to resolve it without involving anyone else. Alternately, seek the help of a trusted colleague and ask them to approach whoever has caused you offence.
If the behaviour continues, or you consider an instance to be particularly serious, please implement the grievance procedure. We assure you that grievances will be dealt with promptly and in a discreet and caring manner.
Should you feel an individual grievance is not appropriate to the situation, you may consider using our confidential reporting procedure.
Chief Executive Officer