FarmED Equal Opportunities Policy
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.
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
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.
We will incorporate the principles of Equal Opportunities into our general communications, advertising, bulletins and company literature wherever suitable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designated Lead For Equal Opportunities
Name: Jonathan Brunyee
Job role: FarmED Manager
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.