Senovo IT’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy (hereinafter ‘Policy’) outlines the duties and obligations of all Senovo IT employees and/or consultants (hereinafter ‘Staﬀ’). For the avoidance of doubt, the Policy shall be updated from time to time by Senovo IT and shall remain at the sole discretion of the board of directors. Any changes shall be communicated to the team via email.
1. Senovo IT’s Commitment to You
1.1 Senovo IT is commited to promoting equal opportunities in employment and creating a workplace culture in which diversity and inclusion is valued and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
1.2 As part of our zero-tolerance approach to discrimination in any form, all Staﬀ and any job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (Protected Characteristics). We are also commited to providing equitable treatment to all those we deal with as an organisation, including customers and suppliers.
2. About this Policy
2.1 This Policy sets out our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our aim is to encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion and actively promote a culture that values diﬀerence and eliminates discrimination in our workplace. It applies to all aspects of employment with us, including recruitment, pay, benefits and conditions, ﬂexible working and leave, training, appraisals, promotion, conduct at work, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and termination of employment.
2.2 This policy applies to all Staﬀ, volunteers, interns, casual workers and agency workers.
3. Diversity and Inclusion Training
3.1 All Management will be given appropriate training on recognising and avoiding discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and promoting equality of opportunity and diversity in the areas of recruitment, development and promotion. Talia Haleem has overall responsibility for equality training, for staﬀ and managers as appropriate.
3.2 We will provide all Staﬀ with regular training to ensure that everyone is aware of and understands the contents of this Policy. Following the training, you will be required to confirm that you have read, understand and will comply with this Policy
3.3 Senovo IT shall conduct regular training concerning diversity, equity and inclusion in the
workplace. This shall take place once every 6 months.
4.1 All Staﬀ must not unlawfully discriminate against or harass other people, including current and former Staﬀ, job applicants, clients, customers, suppliers and visitors. This shall be applicable in the workplace, outside the workplace (when dealing with customers, suppliers or other work-related contacts, any time you are representing Senovo IT) and on work-related trips or events including social events.
4.2 The following forms of discrimination are prohibited under this policy and failure to adhere to the below shall result in disciplinary action by the board:
(a) Direct discrimination: treating someone less favorably because of a Protected Characteristic. For example, rejecting a job applicant because of their religious views or sexual orientation.
(b) Indirect discrimination: a provision, criterion or practice that applies to everyone but adversely aﬀects people with a particular protected characteristic more than others, and is not justified.
(c) Harassment: this includes sexual harassment and other unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic, which has the purpose or eﬀect of violating someone's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or oﬀensive environment for them.
(d) >Victimisation: retaliation against someone who has complained or has supported someone else's complaint about discrimination or harassment. This includes where someone mistakenly believes that the person victimized has done so.
(e) Disability discrimination: this includes direct and indirect discrimination, any unjustified less favorable treatment because of the eﬀects of a disability, and failure to make reasonable adjustments to alleviate disadvantages caused by a disability.
5. Recruitment and Selection
5.1 Recruitment, promotion, and other selection exercises such as redundancy selection will be conducted on the basis of merit, and review of key performance indicators against objective criteria that avoid discrimination. Senovo IT shall always take steps to improve the diversity of our workforce and provide equality of opportunity.
5.2 Shortlisting and interviewing of potential Staﬀ shall be conducted by more than one person to ensure that our recruitment process is free of prejudice and discrimination. Senovo IT’s recruitment procedures will be reviewed regularly to ensure that all Staﬀ are objectively assessed on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. This shall remain at the sole discretion of the board.
5.3 Vacancies should generally be advertised to a diverse section of the labour market. Advertisements should avoid stereotyping or using wording that may discourage particular groups from applying.
5.4 Job applicants should not be asked questions which might suggest an intention to discriminate on grounds of a protected characteristic. For example, applicants should not be asked whether they are pregnant or planning to have children.
5.5 Job applicants should not be asked about health or disability before a job oﬀer is made, except in the very limited circumstances allowed by law: for example, to check that the applicant could perform
an intrinsic part of the job (taking account of any reasonable adjustments), or to see if any adjustments might be needed at interview because of a disability. Where necessary, job oﬀers can be made conditional on a satisfactory medical check in accordance with local authorities. Health or disability questions may be included in equal opportunities monitoring forms, which will not be used for selection or decision-making purposes.
5.6 We are required by law to ensure that all Staﬀ have a valid right to work in their respective country. Assumptions about immigration status shall not be made based on appearance or apparent nationality. All prospective employees, regardless of nationality, must be able to produce original documents (such as a passport) before employment starts, to satisfy current immigration legislation.
6.1 In the event that during your engagement with Senovo IT you are disabled or become disabled, we would encourage us to inform us about your condition in an eﬀort that Senovo IT could consider certain reasonable adjustments to the working conditions in order to further assist you.
6.2 For the avoidance of doubt, such decisions shall be made exclusively and at the sole discretion of the board and can be revoked at any time upon providing the respective Staﬀ member with valid and undisputed evidence.
7. Breaches of this Policy
7.1 Senovo IT shall use its best endeavour to take a strict approach to breaches of this Policy, which will be dealt with in accordance with our disciplinary procedure and in line with relevant local legislation. Serious cases of deliberate discrimination and victimisation may amount to gross misconduct resulting in dismissal. For the avoidance of doubt this shall remain at the sole discretion of the board.
7.2 If you believe that you have suﬀered harassment, bullying or discrimination, or witnessed it happening to someone else in the workplace, you can raise the mater to Talia Haleem (email@example.com) . For the avoidance of doubt all complaints will be treated in strict confidence and investigated as appropriate.
7.3 All Staﬀ shall ensure that there is no victimisation or retaliation against staﬀ who complain about or report discrimination. If you believe you have been victimised for making a complaint or report of discrimination, or have witnessed it happening to someone else in the workplace, you should raise this to Talia Haleem (firstname.lastname@example.org).
7.4 We encourage the reporting of all types of potential discrimination, as this assists us in ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion principles are adhered to in the workplace. However, making a false allegation in bad faith, or that you know to be untrue, will be treated as misconduct and dealt with under our Disciplinary Procedure.