Inclusion Policy

The purpose of this policy is to protect the rights of people based on certain characteristics like:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy or Maternity
  • Religion
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership
  • Gender Reassignment

This forms the basis of anti-discrimination laws to cover people living in the UK. Covered by the Equality Act 2010 which is designed to protect people from harassment, discrimination and victimisation. The Water Management Society is committed to make sure no one is treated unlawfully and are against bias or oppressive behaviour.

Types of unlawful behaviour

Direct discrimination
This means treating one person worse than another person because of a protected characteristic.

Indirect discrimination
This can happen when an organisation puts a rule or a policy or a way of doing things in place which has a worse impact on someone with a protected characteristic than someone without one.

This means people cannot be treated in a way that violates dignity, or creates a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

This means people cannot be treated unfairly if they are taking action under the Equality Act (like making a complaint of discrimination), or if are supporting someone else who is doing so.

This policy applies to the Directors, Secretariat, Council, committee members and Tutors for the Water Management Society.

We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone and wish to challenge all forms of oppression, so we listen and respect each other by working together.

Selection for membership or any other benefit will be based upon merit, ability and aptitude.

If there are any breaches of this policy, this should be reported to .

If an allegation is made against someone then an investigation will be undertaken by the Directors and Officers of the WMSoc.

This policy has been fully supported by the WMSoc Council and is to be reviewed and monitored annually.