Equal opportunities in employment policy

Diversity and Inclusion in our People Policies

  • The BFI recognises that it is to our benefit, our people and those dealing with us for diversity and inclusion (equal opportunities) to apply in our employment practices.  This guidance is intended to contribute to a better, fairer and more effective use of our human resources through the active promotion of diversity and inclusion in the BFI’s employment practices. Our policy aims to avoid or counteract discrimination in the BFI’s employment practices against individuals and groups on grounds which are illegal, unjustifiable or unacceptable.
  • While this statement relates particularly to the employment practices of the BFI, we will require our funded parties to adopt acceptable diversity and inclusion policies and practices.
  • The BFI strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer. Our aim is to ensure that our people are recruited, promoted and generally treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. In particular we aim to ensure that no employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, nationality or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, trade union activity, social background, accent or physical appearance provided always that they have the necessary attributes to carry out the job in question.
  • The BFI will keep your employment procedures and practices and selection criteria under review in order to ensure that these aims are achieved as far as possible. The BFI is committed to taking action to make this policy as effective as possible. We are members of ENEI, we are Disability Confident and Stonewall Champions.
  • Managers, supervisors and Human Resources staff have particular responsibilities for the operation of our policy. In addition, all staff are required to accept their personal responsibility for the practical application of our policy and to carry out their duties with due regard to it. In this connection, any cases of members of staff taking discriminatory action in contravention of our policy will be handled under the Disciplinary Procedure. Employees who consider that they have been the subject of discriminatory action may raise the matter under the Grievance Procedure. Non-employees (self-employed, volunteers, etc.) also have access to our ‘Speaking-Up’ Policy.
  • Our Diversity and Inclusion Group, representative across the BFI, will regularly consider issues relating to our policies and practice, monitor progress against our initiatives and make recommendations.

Equality and diversity monitoring

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