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Equality and diversity

What is Equality and Diversity?

Treating people fairly, with dignity and respect and operating with professionalism, integrity and openness.

Equality means that everyone is treated fairly and has equal access to services.

Diversity means respecting everyone as an individual, irrespective of any group they may belong to because of their race, religion, disability or for any other reason.

What Magna believes

We believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness, regardless 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, part-time or shift workers, unrelated criminal offences or any other matter which causes a person to be treated with injustice.

Through our policies, procedures and practice, we aim to make sure we do not knowingly create an unfair disadvantage for anyone, directly or indirectly.

We make sure that we don’t treat anyone receiving a home, a service, a job or a contract with Magna any less favourably for any reason including;

  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • marital or civil partnership status
  • pregnancy or maternity status
  • ethnic or national origin
  • nationality
  • religion or belief
  • political belief
  • disability
  • age
  • responsibility for dependents
  • working patterns
  • unrelated criminal offences

Everyone at Magna has a responsibility to ensure that the equality and diversity policy is put into practice.

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 you want.

Everyone is responsible

Everyone at Magna Housing has a responsibility to ensure that our equality and diversity policy is put into practice. We expect a commitment from everyone to ensure that their action does not lead to unlawful discrimination.

A copy of our equality and diversity policy is given to all staff who are regularly reminded of their responsibilities. We give training and consult staff to ensure the effectiveness of the policy.

The chief executive, directors and managers are responsible for making sure everything works. They will make recommendations to the board members if any of our policies need changing or any other action needs to be taken.

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 including:

Homes and services

We are fair in the provision of homes and services. We will do our best to provide a home that is adapted to your needs.

We don’t tolerate any form of harassment of or by colleagues, contractors, customers or anyone else we work with. Let us know if you feel you have suffered any form of harassment, whether it is racial, disability-related or in any other form.

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 we will provide translation of documents and publications to help you access services.

Choosing board members and colleagues

At Magna, we seek the best people to help achieve our purpose and objectives. In appointing people, we only consider an applicant’s ability to perform the role we need. We make sure that we are fair and objective when we recruit our board members. Colleague terms and conditions of employment do not discriminate against anyone.

Awarding contracts and working with others

We promote fairness when awarding contracts to consultants, contractors, suppliers and others. We appoint based on ability to carry out work to required standards, timescales and budgets and no other factors.

When working with external organisations such as local groups, tenants’ and residents’ associations, contractors, consultants and suppliers, we expect their support to make sure there is fairness.

Monitoring and evaluation

We monitor how well this policy is working by regularly reviewing all our key policies and procedures against any changes to our legal requirements and statutory codes of practice.

Breach of policy

We will deal very seriously with anyone who deliberately discriminates against you. This includes possible dismissal of colleagues and termination of contracts. You should let us know if you feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated against in any way.