Equality and Diversity

Purpose

Food Science Fusion is committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination amongst its employees, clients and people we meet in the course of our work. Our aim is that no one should feel unfairly disadvantaged and that each person should feel respected and able to give of their best.

To that end, the purpose of this policy is to promote equality and fairness for all in our work and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age. We will work to eliminate all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination for customers, employees and prospective employees.

The policy applies to all employees and prospective employees for recruitment. Our staff will endeavour to ensure that visitors who attend Food Science Fusion courses, events or offices adhere to the spirit of this policy.

All staff are expected to adhere to Food Science Fusion’s standards of integrity, professionalism, accountability and openness.

Scope

Food Science Fusion is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment. This commitment covers recruitment, opportunities for appropriate training and development, pay and benefits, discipline and selection for redundancy.

This policy is intended to assist the organisation in putting this commitment into practice. Compliance with this policy should also ensure that employees do not commit unlawful acts of discrimination. Food Science Fusion is committed to developing, carrying out and monitoring an Equal Opportunities plan to meet the aims of the policy.

Policy

Respect is an important aspect of ensuring equal opportunities in employment. Food Science Fusion aims to ensure that all staff are treated with dignity. Food Science Fusion will take action to ensure that the work environment is free of harassment and bullying.

Responsibilities

Line managers are responsible for ensuring that their employees adhere to this policy and for ensuring equality of opportunity for their staff.

All employees are obliged to adhere to the Equal Opportunity policy. We would encourage employees to notify their Line Manager or the Directors if applicable about any personal disabilities to enable us to make any necessary adjustments. The Office Manager will be responsible for collecting, collating, monitoring and reporting on equal opportunities where required.

Equal opportunities in employment

Brief job descriptions and person specifications will be limited to those requirements that are necessary for the effective performance of the job and cannot discriminate in selection for recruitment. Food Science Fusion will consider any possible indirect discrimination when considering requests for flexible working.

Grievances

If an employee considers that they may have been unlawfully discriminated against, they may use Food Science Fusion’s grievance procedure to make a complaint. In the first instance the employee should discuss the matter with their Line Manager.