Zero Tolerance Policy

Statement of Intent
The Njinga Collective is committed to creating and sustaining a culture that supports equality and diversity, where members and volunteers are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive environment for our members, and have a zero-tolerance for any level of discrimination/harassment within our club. The Njinga Collective Committee and its members are fully committed to any action to make this policy effective. Our Equality and Diversity statement is and will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it is compliant with legislation.

This statement applies to all members of the Njinga Collective community, both members, volunteers, or casual members and to visitors to the Njinga Collective.

Policy Objective 
The Njinga Collective believes community and equality can be achieved through the recognition of the value of every individual. To that end, we aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of our members and volunteers and that will enable them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the Njinga Collective.

As a result, we acknowledge the following basic rights for all members, prospective members and volunteers of our community:

- To be treated with respect and dignity
- To be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, access and choices
- To receive encouragement to reach their full potential

Individuals should be treated on their merits as members or volunteers of the Njinga Collective. These rights carry with them responsibilities and the Njinga Collective requires all members of the club to recognise these rights and to act in accordance with them in their dealings with other members of the Collective.

The Njinga Collective will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice. The aims of this policy are to:

- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy and maternity, including ethical veganism).
- Meet the legal duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant legislation.
- Ensure Equality and Diversity issues are fully integrated into all club activity and interaction.
- Create a positive and welcoming environment for visitors.

The Njinga Collective regards any breach of this policy by any member(s) or volunteer(s) as a serious matter to be dealt with through its agreed disciplinary procedures, which may result in disciplinary action.

Responsibility for the effective implementation and development of this policy lies with the Njinga Collective Committee, who will be responsible for overseeing the development and application of the policy.

The Njinga Collective expects all its members to take personal responsibility for familiarising themselves with this policy and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times to respect the equality of opportunity for all members, volunteers and guests.