Council reinforces commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Developed by the Business in the Community (BITC) group, the charter commits the council to appointing a representative for race issues, publishing progress towards equality targets, taking a zero tolerance approach to harassment and bullying, treating staff fairly and supporting ethnic minority career progression.
Through the Horizon 2050 vision for the borough and the Council Plan for 2020 to 2024, the council has pledged to work with its partners with the aspiration to build strong, inclusive communities where people have equal opportunities to thrive.
In recognition of its role as an employer, and by signing the charter, the council has committed to having an increasingly diverse workforce that reflects the borough’s working population and supporting employees and councillors to understand their duty to supporting equality in the workplace.
This also includes working with local communities to understand barriers that they may face to ensure that employment opportunities and services the council provides are accessible to all.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “As a council and an employer in the borough, we are fully committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion and I am proud that we are firmly reiterating our zero tolerance stance on discrimination by signing up to this charter.
“But committing to this charter is just one step. We will continue to take an active role in making the council an inclusive place to work and promoting equality and diversity in our workforce and ensure that our services are accessible and continue to meet the needs of all of our local communities.”
For more information on the council’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/equalities
For more information on the Race at Work charter, see www.bitc.org.uk/race