Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, equality and inclusion are principles underpinning Rwanda Actions ethos and actions. We strive for equality and fairness in all our actions and believe that our inclusive approach positively contributes towards our mission of reducing poverty in by empowering communities.

Rwanda Action works on the principle that it makes good ‘business sense’ to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we work in. Staff should know their rights and responsibilities, and theirindividual differences and the contributions are valued.

In the selection of beneficiaries, our approach is inclusive, and we endeavour to work with those who need support in order to bring appropriate and positive changes to lives. We work with communities and local leaders to select beneficiaries fairly and plan projects to ensure cooperation.

Rwanda Action will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying of any kind. The Human Resources section of the Rwanda Action Organisational Manual sets out how we recruit and manage staff fairly and without discrimination. It also details the organisation’s grievance and disciplinary procedures, including with whom an employee should raise a grievance and, if necessary, how to escalate it. Rwanda Action’s safeguarding policy and procedures are in place to ensure that any concerns or incidents are reported, resolved and monitored.

The purpose of this policy is to:

1. Ensure equality, fairness and respect throughout the organisation, for all, including staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, supporters.

2. Avoid discrimination of individuals or groups, based on characteristics, including:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin)
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation

3. Oppose and avoid all forms of discrimination, including in the following:

  • recruitment
  • employment terms and conditions
  • salaries, benefits, staff leave
  • grievances and disciplinary procedures
  • termination of employment
  • promotion, training, developmental opportunities

Rwanda Action’s Commitment to this policy

Employees will be trained about their rights and responsibilities under equality, diversity and inclusion. It is essential that everyone is aware of the need to avoid discrimination, bullying or harassment.

Internal rules and policies will be reviewed annually, including Human Resources, Safeguarding and Whistleblowing, and updated in accordance with the law, where necessary.

Complaints of discrimination, bullying or harassment will be investigated and action taken, where necessary. All staff, as well as the employer/organisation, can be held liable for acts of discrimination, bullying or harassment, in the course of their employment, against any stakeholder. This will be treated as misconduct under Rwanda Action’s disciplinary procedures and appropriate action will be taken.

Approved December 2023

Review date December 2024