Statement of Policy

Oxford Innovation Services acts as a good corporate citizen and is committed to ensuring that it behaves with equal respect to all employees, potential employees, clients, associates and stakeholders. We aim to ensure that, both as an employer and as a provider of services, we:
• encourage an inclusive culture,
• value diversity,
• treat fairly all those with whom we come in to contact,
• do not unfairly discriminate against anyone, either directly, indirectly, by association or by perception.
As an employer, it is an ambition for the company to ensure that we recruit a workforce that broadly reflects the diversity of the labour market areas from which we recruit. As a supplier of services, we will also ensure that our staff understand, respect and support the Equalities Policies of our clients where these apply.
As an employer, we recognise the operational benefits, both for the company as an organisation and its employees as individuals, of seeking equality of opportunity in the workplace. As a company, we gain by recruiting the best people based on ability, by means of fair and open competition from the widest possible labour market. We actively pursue managerial policies which get the best from employees who are confident they will be treated fairly at work. We endeavour to ensure that we retain employees and secure the best return on our investment in recruitment and training. We believe that our employees gain from a working environment in which equality of opportunity is reflected in our planning and corporate culture, and where individuals can develop their potential in an atmosphere that is free of discrimination.
Consequently, we will ensure that recruitment to the Company, and subsequent progression, are determined solely by personal merit. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant for employment or customer for services will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of gender, marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age. For applicants, the ability to meet the requirements of selection criteria for competitive admission and for current staff, the ability to meet the requirements of the job, will be the primary consideration.
We have put in place, and will keep under review, a programme of action to ensure that we maintain appropriately our commitment to Equalities.


Equality commitments

The company is committed to fulfilling all applicable legal obligations under the equality legislation and associated codes of practice, anticipating future legal requirements signalled under EU Directives. We will comply with our own policies, taking lawful affirmative or positive action, where appropriate. Our policy and practice is guided by the following:
• Equality Act 2010 and its statutory instruments
• The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (SI
• The Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002(SI
• Employment Rights Act 1996 (sections relating to maternity and dependant carer leave)
• Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
• Protection from Harassment Act 1997
• Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.
• Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC)
• Equal Treatment Amendment Directive (2002/73/EC)
• Race Directive (2000/43/EC)
• Directive implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services (2004/113/EC)
• Directive on equality between men and women in matters of employment and occupation

In interpreting its duties under current regulations, the company will use the guidance for employers issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.