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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are core values and objectives of FESTIVAL.ORG. These values shape the organisation and the full breath of activity that FESTIVAL.ORG produces.

FESTIVAL.ORG is committed to ensuring that its employment practices and provision of services do not discriminate, directly or indirectly, against any individual, group or community. FESTIVAL.ORG strives to combat all forms of discrimination and recognises that every individual has the right to equal treatment, equal respect and equal access to its activities, services and employment opportunities. This commitment is captured in FESTIVAL.ORG’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

In its management, recruitment practices, service delivery and public activities, FESTIVAL.ORG seeks to be as fully accessible as possible and actively seeks and welcomes the participation and involvement of the communities it serves. This commitment is captured in FESTIVAL.ORG’s Access Policy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion discussions are considered at all Board meetings and regular team meetings and current opportunities, challenges and initiatives are captured, monitored and evaluated in FESTIVAL.ORG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Our Board leads the organisation’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and ensures these values are embedded in FESTIVAL.ORG’s governance, artistic programming, production. communications and broader management. Our trustees and team monitor the ambition, implementation and effectiveness of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan on an ongoing basis, regularly drawing on data and qualitative feedback that is reviewed to inform forward-planning.

Dignity at Work

FESTIVAL.ORG is committed to creating an environment where its trustees, workforce (including all staff and volunteers) and artists are treated with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated. The organisation’s approach to ensuring that its activities are free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and bullying are outlined in FESTIVAL.ORG’s Harassment and Bullying Policy.

FESTIVAL.ORG Walls takes a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of behaviour that might violate the dignity of others. Zero tolerance means that we will never tolerate, condone, or ignore bullying, harassment or hate crime of any kind.

We recognise that these behaviours can take many forms. They may be carried out face-to-face or through electronic media (cyber bullying); and they may be subtle or overt abuses of power. Everyone has a collective responsibility to encourage a culture of dignity and respect; to treat others fairly, with courtesy and consideration; and to always challenge inappropriate behaviour when it is safe to do so. Trustees and managers have a particular responsibility to lead by example, identifying inappropriate cultures and behaviours when these occur and taking prompt action to stop or prevent them.

Any allegation of harassment, hate crime, bullying or victimisation will be treated seriously, regardless of the seniority of those involved, and anyone found to have behaved unacceptably may be the subject of disciplinary action, as outlined in and supported by FESTIVAL.ORG’s Grievance and Disciplinary Policies.

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