Last year, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre reiterated their commitment to the 10 Principles for Safe and Inclusive Spaces at work. These 10 Principles are widely supported in the industry from both producers, venues and associations representing freelancers and employees. The 10 Principles are:
- Everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that is positive and supportive.
- We recognise that harassment or discriminatory language or behaviour may be unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
- We will explicitly address and seek to prevent racism and all other forms of discrimination and bias, their manifestations and effects.
- Those of us who are employers accept our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
- We do not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination on any grounds, and will ensure that processes are in place for the reporting and investigation of these serious issues.
- We recognise that bullying, harassment and discrimination can have significant adverse impacts on the productivity, long-term physical and mental health and well-being of affected people and we will work to eradicate it. This will mean providing adequate protection for complainants and victims, and, where bullying, harassment or discrimination is found to have occurred, taking appropriate action against the perpetrators.
- We value inclusivity, appreciate difference, encourage self-education and consider people equal without prejudice or favour. We build relationships based on mutual respect. We will all work to give and receive feedback in a constructive way, which we know will improve creativity and productivity.
- We understand that reporting bullying, harassment or discrimination can be intimidating. If anyone comes forward to report any of this behaviour we will endeavour to make the process of reporting clear and straightforward, investigate objectively and respect confidentiality where possible. Individuals who have made complaints or participate in good faith in any investigation into bullying, harassment, or discrimination should not suffer any form of reprisal or victimisation as a result.
- We will respect each other’s dignity and differences, regardless of the seniority of our role in an organisation.
- As we continually work to better understand, develop and deliver this work, those of us who are employers commit to paying professionals with lived experience and/or specialist knowledge in these areas to advise us.
The ASD supports these 10 principles. For more information on the development and distribution of them, visit the link below.