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Find here our policies regarding diversity & equality, ethics and modern slavery at Progressive Britain. 

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Diversity and Equality Policy

  1. Introduction

1.1 Progressive Britain is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture for:

  • Our staff and our members
  • Other stakeholders.
  • We recognise the positive value of diversity, promoting equality and fairness, and challenging discrimination.
  • We welcome our legal duties not to discriminate as a service provider and an employer. We aim to go beyond the narrow scope of legislative compliance and follow best practices, making equality, fairness and diversity a fundamental part of all our activities. This may be dependent on the availability of resources.
  • We recognise people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and we wish to encourage and harness these differences to make our services more relevant and approachable. 

1.2 Progressive Britain will not discriminate or tolerate discriminatory behaviour on the grounds of race, colour, gender, gender identity, disability, nationality, political views, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital / partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, trade union membership, or any social characteristic. 

  1. Scope 

2.1 This policy relates to all aspects of the work undertaken by Progressive Britain including: employment and recruitment and selection, dealing with members, clients, suppliers, supporters and other associated third parties.  

  1. Legal obligations

3.1 In valuing diversity, Progressive Britain aims, wherever resources allow, to go beyond the legal minimum regarding equality. Current legislation and associated codes of practice are taken into account, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Employment Rights Act 1996
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Work and Families Act 2006
  • Civil Partnership Act 2004 (as amended)
  • The Employment Equal Treatment Framework Directive 2000 (as amended)
  • The Equality Act 2010 
  1. Employment (paid staff)

4.1 General Statement

As an employer, Progressive Britain will treat all employees and job applicants equally and fairly and not unlawfully discriminate against them. This will, for example, include arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment, access to training opportunities, access to promotions, grievance and disciplinary processes, selections for redundancy, references and any other employment-related activities.

5.2 Recruitment and selection

We recognise the benefits of having a diverse workforce and will take steps to ensure that:

  • We endeavour to recruit from the widest pool of qualified candidates practicable
  • Employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on the basis of their individual qualities and personal merit
  • Where practical, positive action measures are taken to attract applicants from all sections of society and especially from those under-represented in the workforce
  • Selection criteria and processes do not unlawfully discriminate
  • Any third parties acting for Progressive Britain in respect of employment are made are made aware of the requirements not to discriminate and act accordingly. 

5.3 Training and development

We will ensure that all employees are encouraged to achieve their full potential. Selection for all training and career development opportunities will be purely on the basis of merit. Appraisals of performance will be conducted objectively and on time. 

5.4 Meeting individual needs 

Progressive Britain will do its utmost (within organisational resources and other constraints) to meet the needs of individuals at work, for example:

  • Recognising caring and domestic responsibilities
  • Working patterns – wherever possible training courses and meetings will be planned to allow attendance by staff working non-standard hours / working patterns
  • Disability – reasonable adjustments will be made where necessary to remove barriers and enable disabled staff to carry out their roles
  • Religious practices – time off and suitable facilities for prayer will be provided wherever possible. Requests for annual leave to celebrate religious festivals will be accommodated wherever possible. 
  1. Implementing the policy

6.1 Responsibilities 6.1.1 All staff

At all levels of the organisation, staff are expected to have read and understood this policy, to ensure they behave in accordance with its principles and requirements, to encourage the same level of behaviour in colleagues and immediately report any breaches witnessed, whenever it is reasonable for them to do so.

6.1.2 All managers

Managers are responsible for promoting this policy and ensuring it is understood and complied with by staff in their area, dealing with breaches and complaints (whether reported or not) seriously, speedily, sensitively and confidentially and contributing ideas for the advancement of diversity principles within the organisation.

6.2 Conduct and general standards of behaviour

All staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and considerate manner at all times. Progressive Britain will not tolerate behaviour such as:

  • Rudeness
  • Isolating, ignoring or refusing to work with certain people
  • Telling offensive jokes or name-calling
  • Displaying offensive material such as pornography or sexist/racist cartoons, or the distribution of such material via email/text message or any other format
  • Any other forms of harassment and victimisation.
  • Progressive Britain encourages staff to resolve misunderstandings and problems informally wherever possible, depending on the circumstances. However, whether dealt with informally or formally, it is important for staff who may have caused offence to understand that it is no defence to say that they did not intend to do so, or to blame individuals for being over-sensitive.
  • It is the impact of the behaviour, rather than the intent, that counts, and that should shape the solution found both to the immediate problem and to preventing further similar problems in the future.

6.3 Complaints of discrimination

Progressive Britain will treat seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination on any grounds made by employees, members or other third parties and will take action where appropriate.

All complaints will be investigated in accordance with the organisation’s grievance or complaints procedure and the complainant will be informed of the outcome in line with these procedures.

We will also monitor the number and outcomes of complaints of discrimination made by staff, members and other third parties.

  1. Review

This policy will be reviewed not less than once a year or more regularly if we identify any non-compliance or problem or in the light of emerging legislation that could impact on this policy. 

Ethics & Editorial Policy

Progressive Britain is funded by members and our partners. We value the support that members and partners give us to deliver nuanced research, considered analysis and exciting events. 

While we welcome those who wish to work with us we want to ensure our work remains of the highest integrity. Our editorial independence is non-negotiable.

As an organisation, we believe that Labour needs to work with businesses to make informed policy decisions. Only through drawing from a wide variety of expertise in the private and public sector can a Labour government achieve its objectives. Our political and policy recommendations are drawn from discussions with our members, engagement with partners and wider research. 

As a condition of partnership, all our partners agree to editorial independence.

Environmental Policy

Progressive Britain is committed to promoting a sustainable and environmentally responsible future for the United Kingdom. We recognize the urgent need to address climate change, protect biodiversity, and ensure the well-being of current and future generations. We as an organisation are committed to minimising our environmental impact and contributing positively to the environment.

Modern Slavery Policy

Progressive Britain is committed to ensuring everyone who works for and with us is treated fairly, can work safely and has their human rights protected and respected.

We have a responsibility to prevent modern slavery from occurring in any form across our organisation and within our supply chains; we are committed to ensuring our organisational practices and risk management approach support this.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Progressive Britain collects and uses any information you may give us when you visit this website, subscribe to our Mailchimp account or otherwise communicate with us.

What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use two kinds of data, personal and behavioural.

Personal data relates to the information you provide to us and may include your name, address, email address and post code. We may also keep a record of office holders at different levels in the Labour Party in order to map the internal political balance within the party as we have a legitimate interest in this, but this data would not include contact details unless the individual has consented to provide them or made them publicly available.

Behavioural data relates to information about your visit to and actions on this website, and includes your IP address, referrer, length of visit and number of page views. This information is essential for the website to work correctly, and allows us to improve the performance and functionality of the site.

How will we use your data?

The information you provide will be used to keep you up to date with our opinions about developments in social policy and the Labour Party, to suggest campaigning activities you may want to be involved in, and to inform you about our events. You may opt out from receiving such information at any time.

Your personal details will never be published on this site.

We will only disclose personal information to third parties if required by law to do so.

Controlling your data

If the information we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated, you would like to be unsubscribed from our emails, or have any other questions or concerns about our use of your personal data, please contact us at [email protected] 

To request a copy of any information we hold about you, please send proof of identity to [email protected]. We will reply within one month.

We will only disclose personal information to third parties if required by law to do so.

Security

We have in place measures to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control. All collected data is stored in locked, secure environments, and resides in the UK and, where in the US, on servers compliant with EU Law.

Other websites

Our website, emails and social media feeds will almost certainly contain links to other websites, not under our control. As such, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you may provide while visiting other sites, nor are said sites governed by this privacy policy. If you have any concerns, do refer to the privacy policy of the site in question.

Data Protection Register

We are registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

Our data protection registration number is ZA712120

Our Details

This website is operated by Progressive Britain Limited, a private limited company (company number 03109611)

You can contact us in writing at Nathan Yeowell, Progressive Britain, Unit 306 Chinaworks, Black Prince Road, London, SE1 7SJor via email at [email protected]

This privacy policy is effective from July 2019