Sunderland City Council is committed to ensuring that equality and fairness are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that everyone who works for us and uses our services has the right to be treated fairly and with respect.
Sunderland City Council is accredited under the 'Two Ticks' Positive about Disabled People standard
This means the Council has been assessed in complying with a number of commitments. The 5 Commitments are:
1. To interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
2. To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what both parties can do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
3. To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
4. To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
5. Each year, to review these commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let all your employees and the Employment Service know about progress and future plans.
Sunderland City Council is part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme
As a demonstration of our commitment to ensuring equality and fairness are at the heart of everything we do the council has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, which is a good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation equality in the workplace. The programme is very valuable to the council and is helping us to continue to develop an inclusive working environment.