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Our equal opportunities policy

On the basis of our fundamental principles, and in particular the principles of humanity, unity and impartiality, we will not tolerate:

  • any form of harassment
  • any unlawful acts of discrimination 
  • any unjustifiable acts of discrimination on any grounds, including colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs, social class or age.

Any breach of this policy will be subject to our disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Every possible step will be taken to ensure that each individual is treated equally and fairly and that decisions on recruitment, selection, promotion, and career and personal development are based solely on job- or task-related objective criteria.

Limiting conditions

It is acknowledged that, given the many different contexts in which the Red Cross operates internationally, there will be occasions when the application of equal opportunities may be constrained in practice.

Careful consideration will be given before any limiting conditions are applied and these must be clearly justifiable and based solely on operational realities. Otherwise the principle of equality of opportunity will be respected and applied.

Removing bias

We recognise that promoting equal opportunities involves removing bias from existing policies, procedures and practices, recognising past imbalances, and taking steps to reduce the effects of previous discrimination in order to ensure equal access to employment, volunteering and services.

Positive about Disability (Two Tick)

Our commitment to equality of opportunity is reflected in our positive approach to disability. As part of this commitment, we participate in the Positive about Disability (Two Tick) scheme.

The standard question about disability on our online application is designed to ensure that recruiting managers are able to meet the first requirement of the scheme, namely to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the post (as indicated on the person specification).

It will also enable us to make any adjustments necessary in our interview arrangements and subsequently in performing the role if appointed.

Criminal Records Bureau

As part of our commitment to hire the best and most diverse staff, delegates and volunteers, we adhere to a charter and the Criminal Records Bureau code of practice. You can find out more and read the code on the CRB website.

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