LBP logo. Paddy Griffiths Property Manager Lothian and Borders Police [email protected] www.lbp.police.uk. work with us. DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY IN CONTRACTS. Z DIVISION – CENTRAL SERVICES. Property Fleet Supplies IT Liaison. EQUALITY IN CONTRACTS.
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“Lothian and Borders Police remains fully committed to delivering diversity and equality as the highest priority within the normal flow of all of our work. We expect to play our full part in creating a society that is at ease with its component parts and that has the full trust and confidence in the police service that protects and cares for it. We shall promote a holistic approach to the maturing equality agenda and support the ultimate aim of a more tolerant and cohesive society. Our new equality scheme will endeavour to better engage with the minority communities to earn their trust by demonstrating a convincing set of long-term outcomesthat meet their individual needs.”
Approximate number of suppliers - 1700
Under UK legislation, local authorities must consider equal opportunities in their contracts. We encourage all our suppliers to introduce appropriate equal opportunities policies and procedures.
The key equality legislation includes:
- The Race Relations Act 1976
- The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
- The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999 – amended 2005
- The EC race directive – EC Directive 2000/43/EC
- Local Government (Scotland) Acts – 1973, 1986 & 1994
- Local Government in Scotland Act 2003
LBP promotes “Diversity and Equality” in the tender process:
“In evaluating tenders we will look for suppliers who can demonstrate that they understand their responsibilities and operate with due regard to the legislation”.
A questionnaire is issued as part of the Tender documentation. Extracts from the questions are shown below:
Q) Is it your practice not to discriminate directly or indirectly on grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, disability, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age in relation to decisions to recruit, select, remunerate, train, transfer and promote employees?
Q) Is it your policy as an employer to comply with your statutory obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, as amended, the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999, the Equal Pay Act 1970, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 – all of which apply in Great Britain – or equivalent legislation in the countries in which you employ staff?
Diversity and Equality Questions form part of the Tender Interview process and are scored
Background checks are also carried out as part of the Tender process to ascertain how Diversity and Equality are publicly portrayed by companies
Diversity and Equality Audits of contractors are carried out by LBP
Diversity and Equality are on the agenda of Contractors Monthly Services meetings
A Contractors Diversity and Equality seminar is proposed in the near future
I am Diversity Champion for Police Headquarters
I am Deputy Chair of the Force’s LGB&T Support Group
“Under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, employers are legally required to tackle homophobia in the workplace. Supporting an LGB&T staff network is a good way for employers to show their commitment to tackling homophobia.” Stonewall
Lothian and Borders Police recognises and supports Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual AND Transgender – please do not forget the “T” word!!
Sodexo – cleaning/catering/grounds maintenance
Faceo – Building fabric and services repairs and maintenance