Our commitment

 

Cogito Development Projects recognise the benefits of having a diverse community of staff, associates and partners, who value one another and the different contributions they can make to achieve the companies mission to support and develop projects in education, business start-up, training and development.

Cogito Development Projects is dedicated in pursuit of business excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

This organisation is therefore committed to a policy and practice which requires that; for partners, associates and beneficiaries, association will be determined only by personal merit and by performance. Entry into contract and partnership with Cogito Development Projects and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and by the application of criteria which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the institution concerned.

Subject to statutory provisions no application for employment or partnership will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of:

  •         Sex (including gender reassignment)
  •         Marital or parental status
  •         Race
  •         Ethnic or national origin
  •         Colour
  •         Disability
  •         Sexual orientation
  •         Religion
  •         Belief
  •         Political affiliation
  •         Trade union activity
  •         Age.

For employees, the ability to perform the job, will be the primary consideration.

If any person appointed as an employee, partner or associate considers that he or she is suffering from unequal treatment on any of the above grounds in his or her appointment, or progression, he or she may make a complaint, which will be dealt with through the agreed procedures for complaints or grievances or the procedures for dealing with bullying and harassment, as appropriate.

Cogito Development Projects will take active steps to promote good practice. In particular it will:

  •         Promote equality of opportunity
  •         Promote good relations between people of different racial groups, between women and men and between disabled and non-disabled people
  •         Have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination on grounds of race, sex, disability, and all other grounds set out in the statement on equal opportunities
  •         Subject its policies to continuous assessment in order to examine how they affect all under-represented groups, especially ethnic minorities, women, and disabled people, and to identify whether its policies help to achieve equality of opportunity for all these groups, or whether they have an adverse impact
  •         Monitor the recruitment and progress of all staff, paying particular attention to the recruitment and progress of ethnic minority groups, women, and disabled people.
  •         Promote an inclusive culture, good practice in teaching, learning, and assessment, and good management practice, through the development of codes of best practice, policies, and training.
  •         Take positive action wherever possible to support this policy and its aims.
  •         Publish this policy widely amongst employees, associates, partners and beneficiaries of projects, together with policy assessments and results of monitoring.

Cogito Development Projects will meet all statutory obligations under relevant legislation or EU Directives and, in addition, follows the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality, together with the Codes of Practice on Disability and Age Diversity. These Codes are not legally binding (though they are admissible as evidence in Employment Tribunals) and  Cogito Development Projects supports them fully.

Further, Cogito Development Projects will apply, when taking decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise its functions, have due regard to the desirability of exercising them in a way that is designed to reduce the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage. At the heart of the policies and programmes underwritten by  Cogito Development Projects, will be to address the socio-economic disadvantage and narrowing gaps in outcomes from people of different backgrounds

 Cogito Development Projects recognises that the provision of equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good management practice, it also makes sound business sense. The Company's equal opportunities policy will help all employees develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

The policy will be amended as appropriate to meet the demands of future legislation.

Further information on the legislation which underpins Cogito Development Projects’ equality scheme and best practice, is available on the website of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.