As the Foundation continues to move through the process of renaming and rebranding, we are also looking more widely at our grants strategy, our vision and values and our policies, to ensure we are being inclusive and transparent. Here is our commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion:
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement
The Foundation is committed to promoting an inclusive culture that promotes and values equality and diversity, creating an environment where everyone from any background can flourish. To achieve our vision of promoting the education of disadvantaged young people in London, we need to make sure we are including everyone, especially young people, in our work. We must engage with people, organisations and groups from all cultures, ethnicities, heritages, socio economic groups, ages, languages and abilities, to ensure diversity of thought.
We are committed to equality and diversity in the Foundation and while we acknowledge we have more work to do to advance in this area, the Foundation is striving to create a workplace that is at ease with all aspects of human difference.
The Foundation considers that equality means breaking down barriers, eliminating discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities and access for all groups. We consider diversity to mean embracing difference and valuing everyone. Each person is an individual with visible and non-visible differences and by respecting this everyone can feel valued for their contribution which is beneficial not only for the individual but for our whole organisation.
Our role is also to provide leadership in equality and diversity across all protected characteristics, including age, faith, race, and gender and ensure compliance with all legal requirements. We work within the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 by promoting a culture of respect and dignity and actively challenging discrimination should it arise.
We are committed to the fair and equal treatment of Trustees, employees and grantees, irrespective of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender, age, disability (including forms of neurovariation), sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially unlawful discriminating factor. In particular, the Foundation recognizes and acknowledges that having a diverse and inclusive governing Board with individuals from different cultures, perspectives and experiences, particularly those in protected groups such as race, faith, gender and age will equip us better to fulfil our responsibility to the communities we serve.
The Foundation aims to be a guarantor of standards of decency and fairness and a guardian against injustice in the way that our employees, partners, and stakeholders treat each other. The Foundation therefore takes a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination of any kind.
We also aim to influence and support the organisations we fund to improve their DEI practices, systems and processes.