Equal Opportunity Policy

Goodwater is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Our employees 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 shall always endeavour to make such reasonable adjustments as are necessary to ensure that there are no physical barriers to the continued employment of persons with disability.

We shall aim to achieve a working environment in which no employee feels threatened or intimidated.

The policy will be circulated to any agencies that service our recruitment needs and made available to all employees and all applicants for employment.

The policy will be communicated to all contractors to this organisation, reminding them of their responsibilities towards equality of opportunity.

The policy will be implemented in accordance with any statutory requirements, and any relevant Codes of Practice.

Recruitment

Recruitment will be conducted based on merit against objective criteria that avoid discrimination. Shortlisting will be done by more than one person if possible.

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.

Job applicants should not be asked questions which might suggest an intention to discriminate on grounds of a Protected Characteristic.

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 based on a satisfactory medical check. Health or disability questions may be included in equal opportunities monitoring forms, which must not be used for selection or decision-making purposes.

Training, Selection and Promotion

All Goodwater employees will receive adequate training for their role. Our overall strategy and vision reflect a belief in enabling all employees to fulfil their potential. To enable our success, we are committed to helping our employees through training and development to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and behavioural competence regardless of any Protected Characteristic.

Promotion and other selection exercises such as redundancies will be conducted on merit against an objective criteron that avoids discrimination.

Promotion or advancement will be made purely on merit, and decisions on this will be made within the principles of this policy.

Monitoring

We will maintain and review the employment records of all employees as required to monitor the effectiveness of this policy. This policy may be amended should the results of any monitoring show it to be necessary.

Monitoring will involve:

  • The collection and classification of information relevant to all current employees.
  • Examining the distribution of ethnic, sex, and disability of employees, and the success rate of applicants.
  • The recording of recruitment, training and promotional records of all employees, and the decisions reached regarding them.

Results will be reviewed at regular intervals to assess the effectiveness of the policy. If proven necessary, adjustments will be made to afford greater opportunities to all applicants and employees.

All information that has been obtained is done so in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).