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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Royal Photographic Society is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive organisation

RPS GUIDING PRINCIPLES and RESPONSIBILITIES

The RPS is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive organisation, believing that fairness and equality of opportunity are a fundamental human right for all. Our guiding principles and responsibilities can be stated as Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and are vital to the success of the strategy, benefit the whole organisation, and synonymous with the Strategic Aim and our Purpose:

 

 A CULTURE WHICH RECOGNISES AND VALUES DIFFERENCES 

  • We encourage and support training and development opportunities for all staff and volunteers, to the benefit of the organisation as a whole. 
  • We appoint, train, develop, promote and reward all individuals fairly and objectively on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities. 
  • We seek the opinions of our staff, volunteers and members on the development and performance of EDI initiatives to ensure they effectively meet their needs. 

 

AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHEREVER IT IS 

  • Our staff and volunteer community has a broad range of characteristics reflecting both our diverse membership and the wider commonwealths in which we operate. 
  • The positive benefits of EDI principles are reflected in the composition of our trustees, staff, volunteers and members. 

 

PREJUDICE OR DISCRIMINATION OF ANY PERSON OR GROUP FOR ANY REASON IS ERADICATED 

  • A work environment free from any form of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation. 
  • Everyone connected with the RPS is treated fairly and with equality of opportunity, irrespective of, but not limited to, their culture, race, colour, nationality, religious or beliefs, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, transsexualism, disability, unrelated criminal convictions, marital or parental status, or membership of an affiliated trade union. 

 

MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF EVERYWHERE TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 

  • We take personal responsibility for our own behaviour, and for our part in nurturing an environment where everyone is treated fairly, with respect and dignity. 
  • We accept our personal duty of care towards co-workers, colleagues, fellow members and volunteers, and everyone we come into contact with at the RPS. 
  • We understand our personal liabilities for our behaviours, in respect of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in all our interactions with co-workers, colleagues, members and volunteers, and the public.

 

An independent RPS EDI Committee regulates the EDI principles and responsibilities within the RPS governance structure'. 

For further information please click on the link below:

RPS Policy and Guiding Principles