Our Equality Statement
- We will, through our work and practice, actively promote the principle of the oneness, interdependency and equality of all life. We recognise the value of individuals but also the positive and the problematic power of groups. We emphasize the responsibility of all, including ourselves, to our best ability, to include the perspectives, qualities and needs of others in making important decisions and choices
- We aim to emphasis the value and benefits of diversity without denying the ‘shadow’ diversity can cast in relationships, organisations and in society. We recognise that powerful, historically rooted, norms tend to create division in individuals, societies, communities and organisations. This can lead to “in groups” and “others” – often with harmful consequences. We aim to offer a both realistic and hopeful response to these challenges by working with people as they are, to help them be the best they can be.
- We support the elimination of unfair and unlawful treatment of people on the grounds of their age, race, religion and beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, socio-economic circumstances and any other aspect of their identity. And we go beyond moral and legal arguments for equality to a deeper understanding of how human potential can be fully realised.
- In all our work, we aim to promote the thinking and practice of truly recognising the right of “the other” – whoever that may be – to respect, dignity, compassion, inclusion and a voice in matters affecting them and our shared world.
- We recognise and value diversity in the context of this deeper understanding of equality. This ultimately means developing a genuine willingness to find ways to include the widest range of people possible in access todecision-making, resources, power and influence. This is not only ethically sound, but also makes sound business sense. Diversity is an asset of the greatest value to groups, organisations, businesses and society as a whole.
- Most of all, however, we promise to remember that the purpose of working for equality, diversity and inclusion is to bring people together in wholesome relationship, not to separate and divide them. It is to increase wellbeing and happiness, not emphasise conflict and reinforce its underlying causes.
- The world, now more than ever, needs a message of hope about diversity. We believe that willing and joyful engagement in common tasks with people who seem different from us, in a spirit of equality and respect, is a wonderful antidote to fear of the “other” which dominates so much of what happens in the world.