Equal Opportunities Policy

 

 

Vision

 

 

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to secure the rights of people with disabilities and protect their dignity and independence.

 

 

Mission

 

 

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina wishes to ensure that people with disabilities are entitled to and receive fair and equal rights and for these to be recognised by both the public and government in both attitude and practice.

 

 

Policy

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina believes that the diversity of its staff contributes to excellence in its work. It will encourage the creation and development of a work environment oriented by the principles of diversity equity that;

  • is hospitable and supportive to all staff members;

  • stimulates their fullest productivity and job satisfaction;

  • recognizes and harnesses their diverse skills, perspectives, and pools of knowledge and experience;

  • ensures that all staff members have equal opportunities for career development and advancement, and

  • recognises the different constraints faced by certain marginalised groups such as women and disabled people, and seeks to eliminate such imbalances in its work place.

 

 

Our Policy

 

 

The aim of this policy is to communicate the commitment of Handicap Solidaire Burkina to the promotion of equality of opportunity for all, without distinction, exclusion, or preference based on race, nationality or social origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other form of personal identity that could annul or alter equal opportunities or treatment at work.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All job applicants, employees and others who work for us will be treated fairly and will not be discriminated against on any of the above grounds. Decisions about recruitment and selection, promotion, training or any other benefit will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination.

We recognise that the provision of equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good management practice; it also makes sound business sense. This equal opportunities policy will help all those who work for Handicap Solidaire Burkina to develop their full potential, and the talents and resources of the workforce will be utilised fully to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

This policy applies to all those who work for Handicap Solidaire Burkina, including employees, volunteers, contractors, trainees, temporary workers, and staff associated with partners organisations.

It is important that the promotion of equality of opportunity for all persons is supported by the promotion of a good and harmonious working environment, in which all men and women are treated with respect and dignity and in which no form of intimidation or harassment is tolerated. Handicap Solidaire Burkina has a duty of care to all staff to prevent occurrences of unlawful direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognises alongside the promises made within this policy, that they must also fulfil all legal obligations in accordance with national and international legislation, policy, guidelines and associated codes of practice. This means they are committed to taking lawful affirmative or positive action, where appropriate.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina regards all breaches of equal opportunities policy as misconduct which could lead to disciplinary proceedings.

 

 

Implementation

 

 

Senior management has a specific responsibility for the effective implementation of this policy, and the positive and lawful respect of policy guidelines in the work place. Handicap Solidaire Burkina expects all employees to abide by the policy and help create its objective of an equal environment.

 

In order to implement this policy we shall:

  • Communicate the policy to employees, job applicants and relevant others (such as contract or agency workers)

  • Incorporate specific and appropriate duties in respect of implementing the equal opportunities policy

  • Ensure that those who are involved in assessing candidates for recruitment or promotion are familiar with Handicap Solidaire Burkina’s Equal Opportunities policy and non-discriminatory selection practices

  • Obtain commitments from other persons or organisations such as subcontractors or agencies that they too will comply with the policy in their dealings with our organisation and our workforce

  • Ensure that adequate resources are made available to fulfil the objectives of the policy

 

 

Complaints

 

 

Complaints should be made immediately and directly to the most senior member of staff available on site. In the case of the complaint being made against the senior manager on site, staff are welcome to communicate their grievance with a senior staff associate of Handicap Solidaire (in Switzerland). Alternatively if a staff member feels a legal offense has been committed they can petition a move to be made by senior staff members to the relevant local or national authorities and if no such petition is made they are well within their rights to go directly to such sources to seek advice and reprisal. Each complaint will warrant evaluation and the necessary, satisfactory outcome will be discussed with the concerned party/parties. All staff should be aware that failure to adhere to the policy could result in serious repercussions.

 

Minor occurrences of inappropriate behaviour could result in a formal warning. In the event of a serious incident, staff should be aware that their actions could result in dismissal.

Employees who believe they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisations are entitled to raise the matter through the agreed procedures (above).

 

Complaints will be dealt with on an individual basis, and will be assessed and recorded by senior staff. All complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially.

 

Every effort will be made to ensure that employees who make complaints will not be victimised. Any complaint of victimisation will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially. Victimisation will result in disciplinary action and may warrant dismissal.

 

 

Monitor and Review

 

 

Handicap Solidaire will source appropriate information and monitoring systems to assist the effective implementation of this equal opportunities policy. The effectiveness of this equal opportunities policy will be reviewed where necessary and, where appropriate, in consultation with the recognised, relevant national ministries, NGO’s, or related organisations.

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognises powerful benefits in diversity so as to capitalize on the varied perspectives and approaches to a given challenge brought by members of different identity groups. Staff diversity, whether it is with respect to gender, disability, ethnicity, or any other form of personal identity can lead to enhanced learning, flexibility, organizational and individual growth, and the ability to adjust rapidly and successfully to changes in the external environment.

 

In the creation, implementation and reviews of this policy, Handicap Solidaire Burkina wishes to respect and work in conjuncture with national and international policy guides to review, where necessary their equal opportunities policy. Significantly, the Constitution of 2 June 1991 stipulates in its first article that:

 

“Burkinabes are all born free and equal in rights. All have an equal capacity to have all the rights and all freedoms guaranteed by this Constitution. Discrimination of all kinds, particularly those based on race, ethnicity, region, colour, sex, language, religion, caste, political opinions, property and birth, are prohibited.”

 

Overall, Handicap Solidaire Burkina’s core ethos is to strive to eliminate discrimination. Discrimination against marginalised groups in society is a primary concern which Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to reflect in its own work place practices. They seek a positive, progressive work place environment where diversity equity is standardised.

 

 

 

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