At DRAW, we firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusion. As a small agency operating in the arts sector internationally, we recognise the immense value that individuals from diverse backgrounds bring to the creative industry. We are committed to fostering a workplace culture that celebrates and embraces the unique talents, perspectives, and experiences of all individuals.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy reflects our dedication to creating an environment where every candidate and employee is treated with respect, fairness, and equal opportunities. We strive to go beyond mere compliance with legal requirements by actively promoting diversity and inclusivity at all levels of our organisation.
By implementing this policy, we aim to achieve the following:
- Embrace and Encourage Diversity:
- We value diversity in all its forms, including age, disability, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. We recognise that diversity fuels creativity and enriches the arts industry.
- We will actively seek out and attract candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, ensuring that our recruitment efforts are inclusive and equitable.
- Our goal is to create a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve and fosters an environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued.
- Equal Opportunities and Fair Selection Processes:
- We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all candidates, eliminating discrimination, bias, and prejudice during the recruitment and selection processes.
- Our shortlisting decisions will be based on merit, skills, qualifications, and experience, ensuring that all candidates are evaluated fairly and transparently.
- Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate candidates with disabilities, ensuring they can fully participate in the recruitment process.
- Training and Development:
- We understand that promoting diversity and inclusion requires ongoing education and awareness. Therefore, we will provide training and development opportunities for all employees to enhance their understanding of diversity issues and foster an inclusive mindset.
- By equipping our staff with the necessary knowledge and tools, we aim to create a culture that appreciates and respects diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and talents.
- Inclusive Work Environment:
- We are committed to cultivating a workplace environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone feels included, respected, and valued.
- Discrimination, harassment, or victimisation of any kind will not be tolerated, and appropriate measures will be taken to address such issues.
- We will actively encourage collaboration, teamwork, and the exchange of ideas among employees from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity drives innovation and creativity.
- Monitoring and Continuous Improvement:
- We are dedicated to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of our diversity and inclusion efforts.
- We will collect and analyse data on the diversity profile of candidates, employees, and promotions to identify any disparities and areas for improvement.
- We will regularly review and update our policies and practices to ensure they align with best practices in diversity and inclusion and comply with legal requirements.
By implementing and upholding this Diversity and Inclusion Policy, we aim to create a recruitment agency that not only understands and appreciates the importance of diversity in the arts but also actively seeks to promote and celebrate it. Together, we can build a more inclusive and vibrant creative industry for all.
Julia Henderson & Nina Langford
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