ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all employees and job applicants. All employees*, potential employees and other individuals will receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion) regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity (the “Protected Characteristics”).

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and may therefore be amended at any time.

1.1 This policy applies to all aspects of our relationship with staff including:

(a) recruitment and selection;

(b) job advertisements;

(c) induction;

(d) conduct at work;

(e) promotion;

(f) benefits;

(g) terms and condition;

(h) disciplinary and grievance procedures; and

(i) termination of employment.

2. The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff treat visitors, clients, customers, suppliers and former staff members.

3.1 The following is prohibited:

(a) Discrimination

This may be direct or indirect and it may occur intentionally or unintentionally. Direct discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably because of one or more of the protected characteristics set out in the introduction to this policy. For example, rejecting an applicant on the grounds of their race would be direct discrimination.

Indirect discrimination occurs when someone is disadvantaged by a provision, criterion or practice that also puts other people with the same protected characteristic at a particular disadvantage. An example would be a requirement for all employees to be six feet tall because this would disproportionately disadvantage women. Such a requirement would need to be objectively justified.

(b) Harassment

Harassment related to any of the protected characteristics is prohibited. Harassment is unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating somebody’s dignity, or creating an intimating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Please see also the ASPIRE Bullying and Harassment Policy.

(c) Victimisation

This is less favourable treatment of someone who has complained or given information about discrimination or harassment, or supported someone else’s complaint.

4.1 The only basis for promotion or selection is ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST management considered opinion of an applicant’s suitability for the job. The ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST recruitment procedure and job selection criteria are reviewed regularly to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Short-listing of applications will be done by more than one person wherever possible.

4.2 Job advertisements should avoid using any wording that may discourage groups with a particular protected characteristic from applying.

4.3 We take steps to ensure that our vacancies are advertised to a diverse agencies.

4.4 ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST is required by law to ensure that all employees are entitled to work in INDIA. All prospective employees, regardless of nationality, must be able to produce original documents before employment starts, to satisfy current immigration legislation. The list of acceptable documents is available from the Human Resources team.Ie.. Passport, driver licens

4.5 To ensure that this policy is operating effectively, we monitor applicant’s ethnic group, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age as part of the recruitment procedure. Provision of this information is voluntary and it will not adversely affect decisions relating to individual’s employment. The information is removed from applications before short-listing, and kept in an anonymised format solely for the purposes stated in this policy.

5.1 All employees and other individuals working at ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST must be aware of this policy and ensure that their behaviour is non-discriminatory.

5.2 Managers are responsible for implementing this policy within their teams and ensuring that any problems are dealt with promptly.

5.3 All workers have an obligation not to discriminate, harass or victimise. Disciplinary action will be taken against an employee who is found to be in breach of this policy. Serious breaches will be treated as gross misconduct.

6.1 If you feel that you have suffered discrimination, then if possible you should approach the relevant individual to discuss any problems directly and try to resolve the matter informally. However, it is recognised that this is not always possible, in which case you are encouraged to raise the matter through our grievance procedure. Please also see the bullying and harassment policy.

* The principles of this policy also apply to the way that ASPIRE CHARITABLE TRUST treats volunteers and interns, contractors and consultants, Board and Committee members, and partner agencies.