FarmED Equal Opportunities Policy

Policy Statement 

Embracing diversity is an essential part of the work of FarmED. We have a positive commitment to treating everyone fairly and with respect as a unique individual irrespective of race, disability, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and religion. 

FarmED CIC will benefit a broad range of rural and urban communities at local, regional, national and international level.  Our audience are those involved, directly or indirectly, in farming, land management and food systems.  Key beneficiaries include landowners, land managers, farmers, growers, advisors, policy makers, researchers, environmental groups, students (of all ages), new entrants, rural businesses and food consumers.

Our core values are important to us at FarmED.  They underpin everything that we do.  We will:

  • Dare to be different

  • Respect our soil and natural capital

  • Promote regenerative and holistic thinking

  • Celebrate the role of small farmers

  • Be enterprising and innovative

  • Ensure every day is fun

  • Promote ecological, business and human diversity 

  • Support lifelong learning

  • Help the next generation

  • Be open minded

  • Work with others 

  • Offer great service

 

This document encapsulates our values in relation to promoting equal opportunities. 

Our policy operates in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and related legislation. Its effectiveness is reviewed regularly and at least annually, and any action taken as necessary. 

Scope of Policy 

The FarmED Directors and wider management team have been involved in developing this policy and are aware of, and will comply, with its contents. 

All staff are aware of the policy and will comply with its contents.

FarmED works with disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. We will use this opportunity to gain feedback on our practice in relation to inclusivity, amending existing policies where appropriate. 

External providers of services to FarmED will be made aware of our policy. 

Our Commitment

We are committed to: 

  • promoting equality of opportunity for all individuals 

  • treating everyone accessing our services with fairness, respect and dignity 

  • promoting a good and harmonious working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect 

  • preventing occurrences of unlawful direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation 

  • fulfilling all our legal obligations under the equality legislation and associated codes of practice 

  • complying with our own Equal Opportunities policy and associated policies 

  • taking lawful affirmative or positive action, where appropriate 

Responsibilities 

Responsibility for Equal Opportunities for FarmED as a whole is shared equally amongst directors and management team. 

Promotion of the policy 

The policy will be promoted to all stakeholders of the organisation and is available on our website. 

General communications 

We will incorporate the principles of Equal Opportunities into our general communications, advertising, bulletins and company literature wherever suitable. 

Partnership working 

At the start of any working relationship with partner organisations, or when we collaborate in ways such as to hire or exchange facilities, deliver events and services, disseminate information and so forth, we will discuss how this can happen in an accessible and non-discriminatory way.

 

Positive Discrimination 

If we identify particular groups that we feel are underrepresented within specific activities and projects, then where appropriate and lawful we will take steps to actively include those groups or attract/support through bursary funding and other means. 

Monitoring and Review 

We carry out evaluations of our activities. This enables us to assess our impact and identify development needs across a range of issues, including the type of audience we reach. 

Any areas for improvement identified in the field of Equal Opportunities are noted and fed back as part of our regular review process, after which actions will be taken to address said issues.  

We also subscribe to the Equality and Human Rights newsletter to ensure we keep abreast of any changes in legislation that could affect our policy and working practices.  

Compliments/Concerns/Complaints 

Any person who believes that they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment, or victimisation is entitled to raise the matter formally to The Directors and/or General Manager.  All complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially in line with that procedure. 

Review 

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains up to date and compliant with the law. 

Ian Wilkinson (Director) has overall and final responsibility.

Jonathan Brunyee (General Manager) has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice. 
 

Contact:

Designated Lead For Equal Opportunities 

Name: Jonathan Brunyee

Job role: FarmED Manager

Email: jonathan@farm-ed.co.uk

Mobile: 07958 262113

 

This policy statement came into force on: 1/10/2019

This policy statement and accompanying procedures were last reviewed on: 11/6/2020

 

If you have any comments or suggestions relating to improving our equal opportunities policy please do hesitate to contact us. 

Cotswold Seeds Ltd

FarmED: Farm & Food Education

Cotswold Seeds Ltd has been supported by the Cotswolds LEADER Programme towards the construction of the Educational centre. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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