Equal Opportunity Policy
We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age. The principle of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity applies equally to the treatment of former staff, visitors, clients, customers and suppliers by members of our current workforce.
The measures we take to implement the principle of non-discrimination have been devised on the basis of advice from the relevant governmental and professional bodies. We are committed to a programme of action to make this policy effective and to bring it to the attention of all staff.
This policy deals with the specific categories of staff and areas of work which we have identified as potentially giving rise to equal opportunities issues and provides more specific guidance on the parameters of our policy and approach to equal opportunities.
All staff have a duty to act in accordance with this policy, and therefore to treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other members of staff, whether junior or senior to them. In some situations, we may be at risk of being held responsible for the acts of individual members of staff and will not therefore tolerate any discriminatory practices or behaviour.
Kernock Park Plants Ltd follows recommendations within the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code and is audited through the Equality Register to maintain good employment practice.
Alongside our BOPP (British Ornamental Plant Producers) accreditation, Kernock Park Plants Ltd is also registered on SEDEX to allow simple Supplier/Customer Ethical Data Exchange.
At Kernock, the customer is placed at the centre for key decisions made, but the workforce has a vital role as the enablers for the strategy. Kernock have gone through a significant period of restructuring over the past 2 years to form a management structure that is more autonomous and open, helping to create a workforce which is engaged, enthusiastic within an environment of high quality standards and continuous improvement.
The management team aim to motivate staff through encouraging efficiency, expanding team members skills base, varying job roles throughout the nursery, implementing systems of reward and recognition and formulating a robust appraisal system.