Equal opportunities policy statement
In conformity with the general intention of the requirements of
the law St John Ambulance has formulated a general policy statement
on equal opportunities as follows:
'To become an equal opportunities
organisation, St John Ambulance will promote equality of
opportunity in the recruitment, promotion, appraisal, education,
training, development and support of its staff and
volunteers and treat them on the basis of their relative
merits and abilities.'
The law requires that no applicant for employment or member of
staff will unjustifiably receive less favourable treatment on the
grounds of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origins, sex or
marital status and disability.
In addition, staff are protected from discrimination on grounds
of part-time or fixed-term status and trades union membership.
Every effort will be made to avoid discrimination
on grounds of religion, political belief, socio-economic
background, parental status, age (subject to normal retirement
conventions) and sexual orientation.
St John Ambulance will develop equal opportunities expertise
amongst its managers who will have responsibility for promoting,
implementing and monitoring the policy throughout St John Ambulance
and for any initial investigation into alleged breaches of the
The chief commander and county commanders will be responsible
for ensuring that the policy is communicated effectively and is
being implemented. St John Ambulance expects the full
co-operation of all its staff in promoting equality of
opportunity and each will have personal responsibility for
promoting and implementing the policy at day-to-day level.
St John Ambulance expects also that the policy will be monitored
by each member of staff and by managers.