Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy Statement
DAO is firmly committed to equality and diversity.
DAO recognises that access to services is not equal and that discrimination occurs on grounds of race, disability, linguistic and cultural preferences, gender, sexuality, age, class and religious beliefs. DAO aims to develop, promote and deliver its services, information and employment opportunities without discrimination.
DAO has a commitment to:
• Develop services which promote access, equality and diversity in all its activities.
• Endeavour that site content genuinely reflects the population.
• Actively consult with different individuals and communities to ensure that activities or services are responsive and reflect diversity.
• Provide all contracted staff with the training and development they need to enable them to achieve organisational goals.
• Listen to its customers and involve them in the development of services that recognise and value diversity.
• Provide services relevant to people's needs, respecting cultural and social identities.
• Strive to have a representative workforce that can sensitively address the needs of all communities.
• Work with other organisations to promote disability and racial equality and eliminate disadvantage and harassment.
• Only accept an environment, which is free from disability discrimination, racial harassment and racist behaviour.
• Follow Government guidance on applying the relevant UK legislation.
• Strive to create an environment which recognises and respects religion and belief.
• Ensure gender mix throughout DAO’s activities and promote gender equality.
• Create an open environment where Lesbian, Gay, transgender and Bisexual people feel safe to be open about their sexuality and difference, should they choose to do so.
• Work to make its service accessible to everyone and provide the same level of service to all.
• Recognise responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, EU Directives and other legislation and will follow the relevant DRC Codes of Practice for employment, premises and services.
• Strive to provide services, which are relevant to the interests of disabled artists.
• Remove age-related criteria or references where not relevant or at the behest of the artist concerned.
• Continue to review and progress the organisation's Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and Strategies so that they reflect the true diversity of society.