Soho Media Holdings Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Soho Media Holdings Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Soho Editors recognises that diversity and inclusion help to support creativity and innovation: they are an essential ingredient in a successful company. We are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion and to ensuring there is no discrimination in our company. We want our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society.

We want our company to be one in which every employee and freelancer feels respected

and able to give of their best. We are committed to working with broadcasters towards shared diversity goals.

We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

To make a reality of those commitments this policy provides a framework of equality and fairness for all in our employment. It expresses our commitment not to discriminate because of any of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status (including civil partnerships), race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

This policy applies to employed, freelance and agency staff.

All freelancers and employees, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect.

Selection for employment – whether as a member of staff or on a freelance basis - will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. Access to opportunities for promotion, training or any other benefit will also be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the creativity and success of the company.

We will:

  • Actively seek to increase the number of people we work with who are from groups/communities that are under-represented in the television industry as a whole, or in particular job roles in the industry.
  • Review all our formal and informal employment/hiring practices and procedures to ensure they are fair and help us to identify the best talent.
  • Ensure reasonable adjustments are made to enable disabled people to work in or with our company.
  • Actively seek to increase the diversity of our talent
  • Identify and remove barriers facing potential employees from under-represented groups.
  • Create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff and freelancers are recognised and valued.
  • Ensure every employee and freelancer is able to work in an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all.
  • We will not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment.
  • Ensure training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff.

We will ensure that any advertising of vacancies is compatible with this policy and all applicable legislation and all questions on application forms are relevant and non-discriminatory.

Those involved in recruitment will take an unbiased approach regardless of the applicant’s race, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or age. They will ask only questions that relate to the job and avoid those that are discriminatory or which might be perceived as such or are unlawful.