Equality & Diversity Policy

Jon Watson Consulting is a small partnership comprising two partners, working with a number of self-employed associates, providing consultancy services to clients in the public and private sectors. 

We are firmly committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of our work. We know that people can be unfairly discriminated against on the basis of their age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and other issues. As an organisation we believe we can positively influence how diversity is valued in our society.

Members of the team have unrivalled experience in promoting diversity in housing. Jon Watson commissioned the research that led to the publication of Accommodating Diversity, a design guide for housing in a multi cultural society. He reviewed and updated its findings in 2003. He also commissioned the research that led to the publication of The Wheelchair Housing Design Guide. He was the chair of the group that developed the proposals for accessibility in the NHF report Standards & Quality in Development. All of these documents are listed as the key references in the Housing Corporation (now HCA) Design & Quality Standards.

We aim to foster a working environment where all existing and potential partners, associates, stakeholders and clients are treated with respect and are valued for the diverse contribution they bring to our activities.

We recognise that the success of a business depends on people, and therefore strive to capitalise on what is unique about individuals by drawing on their different perspectives and experiences in order to add value to the way we do business.

We commit to:

  • Ensuring all partners, associates, clients and stakeholders are aware of our commitment to equality and diversity and our responsibility to comply with relevant equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory legislation such as The Human Rights Act 1998 and The Equality Act 2010.
  • Promoting the principles of equality and diversity in all our dealings with clients, customers, suppliers, contractors and the public.
  • Providing measures and procedures to prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment, and review these on an annual basis.
  • Ensuring clients and other stakeholders of the partnership know how to raise concerns/complaints about our equality and diversity practices.
  • Treating seriously, and taking action where appropriate, all complaints of discrimination or harassment made by partners, associates, clients, suppliers, contractors or other third parties.  All complaints will be investigated in accordance with our grievance or complaints procedure, as appropriate, and the complainant will be informed of the outcome.

In summary, we will work to ensure that no partner, associate or client experiences discrimination or harassment, due to any of the following characteristics, as outlined by the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  •  Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation