Sustainable Agriculture Institute
Equal Opportunity Policy
Policy brief & purpose
Our Equal Opportunity Employer Policy reflects our commitment to ensure equality, treat everyone with respect and promote diversity in the workplace.
This Equal Opportunity Employer Policy applies to all employees, job candidates, contractors, and visitors.
Being an equal opportunity employer means that we provide the same opportunities for hiring, advancement, and benefits to everyone without discriminating due to protected characteristics like:
- sexual orientation
- ethnicity/ nationality
- medical history
What is an EEO policy?
We built our EEO policy around preventive and affirmative actions to ensure equal opportunity when hiring, training, evaluating performance, administering compensation and benefits, and terminating employees. This list is not exhaustive.
Our HR department is responsible for assessing our processes company-wide and ensuring they are bias-free. Whenever we find biases interfering, we will act immediately to refine our processes, train our people to combat their biases, and protect possible victims of discrimination. We will give everyone the chance to work in an environment where their rights are respected.
To promote Equal Opportunity, we:
- Use inclusive language in all signs, documents, and web pages.
- Modify structures and facilities to accommodate people with disabilities.
- Provide parental leave and flexible work arrangement policies.
- Hire, train and evaluate employees through job-related criteria.
- Allow employees to take religious or national holidays that aren’t included in our company’s official schedule.
- Implement open-door practices so employees can report discrimination more easily.
All supervisors and managers are responsible to enforce equal opportunity practices. Everyone should comply with our policy by treating others with respect.
If you see or suspect that our EEO policies are being violated, feel free to inform HR immediately. employees can address the offender directly. We will investigate promptly.
When someone discriminates, they will be subject to disciplinary action depending on the severity of their actions. For example, unintentionally offending a coworker might warrant a reprimand, but harassing someone systematically might result in demotion or termination.