Equality and diversity
What is Equality & Diversity?
Treating people fairly, with dignity and respect and operating with professionalism, integrity and openness.
What Magna believes
Magna opposes any discrimination, direct or indirect, personal or corporate, which denies people equal opportunities.
Through our policies, procedures and practice, we aim to make sure we do not knowingly create an unfair disadvantage for anyone, directly or indirectly.
The purpose of our equality & diversity policy is to ensure that Magna does not treat any person or group of people receiving services or applying for accommodation, employment or contracts with Magna any less favourably than any other person because of their sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, political beliefs, disability, age, class, responsibility for dependents, whether they are part time or shift workers, have any unrelated criminal offences or any other irrelevant factors.
Why it is important
By law, we must make sure that we do not discriminate against anyone for any reason. It is also morally wrong to discriminate against someone. As a successful organisation we encourage diversity because if we have a wider range of people working for us, we are more likely to have someone who understands your specific needs and can provide the particular service that you want.
Everyone is responsible
Everyone at Magna has a responsibility to ensure that the equality and diversity policy is put into practice.
Promoting fairness with others
When working with external organisations and individuals, such as local groups, tenants’ and residents’ associations, contractors, consultants and suppliers, we expect their support and co-operation to make sure there is fairness.
Policy into practice
This policy applies to all areas of our work and especially in the following:
Homes and services
We monitor the effectiveness of our housing policies, procedures and systems to ensure fairness in the provision of homes and services. If you have a special need, for example, if you require disabled access, we will do our best to provide a home that is adapted to your needs.
Magna Housing will not tolerate any form of harassment of or by staff, contractors, tenants or anyone else we work with. You should let us know if you feel you have suffered any form of harassment, whether it is racial harassment or any other form of harassment.
Harassment is sometimes seen where equality and diversity are not working. This may be racial or any other form of harassment. We use the McPherson definition of a racist incident as:
"Any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.”
Magna has hate crime and harassment policies for dealing with acts of hate crime and a domestic abuse policy for dealing with acts of domestic abuse and violence.
If English is not your first language and causes difficulty in understanding, we will provide translation of documents and publications to help you access essential services.
Choosing Board Members and Employees
We choose our board members and staff using fair and objective recruitment processes. We always choose the people who can do the job the best. Staff terms and conditions of employment do not unlawfully discriminate against any groups or individuals.
Magna seeks the best people to help it achieve its purpose and objectives. In appointing people, it takes account of no factor other than an applicant’s ability to perform the role in question. It is wrong to do otherwise and it would not be in Magna’s interests.
We practice our moral and legal obligations to promote fairness when awarding contracts to consultants, contractors, suppliers and others. We decide who to appoint based on the contractors’ ability to carry out work to required standards, timescales and budgets rather than any other factors.
Monitoring and evaluation
We regularly monitor the effectiveness of this policy by assessing all our key policies and procedures against the requirements of the law and statutory codes of practice. Information collected is fully assessed to identify changes required in our practice.
Breach of policy
We will deal very seriously with anyone who deliberately discriminates against you. This includes possible dismissal of employees and termination of contracts with associates and other contractors.
You should let us know if you feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated against in any way by us, our associates or our contractors.