1. Equal opportunities, respect, dignity & understanding
Buffalo Pictures Ltd are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion and to ensuring there is no discrimination in our company. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
All freelancers and employees, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment – whether as a member of staff or on a freelance basis – will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. Access to opportunities for promotion, training or any other benefit will also be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the creativity and success of the company.
- Actively seek to increase the number of people we work with who are from groups / communities that are under-represented in the television industry as a whole, or in particular job roles in the industry.
- Review all our formal and informal employment/hiring practices and procedures to ensure they are fair and help us to identify the best talent.
- Identify and take opportunities to increase the diversity of casting decisions.
- Ensure reasonable adjustments are made to enable disabled people to work in or with our
company, both on and off screen.
- Actively seek to increase the diversity of our talent networks.
- Take positive action to increase our diversity where the law allows this.
- Identify and remove barriers facing potential employees from under-represented groups.
- Create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff and freelancers are recognised and valued.
- Ensure every employee and freelancer is able to work in an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. We will not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment.
- Ensure training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff.
Those involved in recruitment will take an unbiased approach regardless of the applicant’s race, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age. They will ask only questions that relate to the job and avoid those that are discriminatory or which might be perceived as such or are unlawful.
2. Harassment, discrimination and abusive behaviour
Buffalo Pictures Ltd are committed to a working environment that is free from verbal or physical harassment, bullying and abuse. We will treat one another with courtesy, dignity and respect and we will not tolerate any discrimination on grounds of race, national origin, gender, gender reassignment, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity, religion or belief.
Harassment is any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, violates a person’s dignity or unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance. A single incident can amount to harassment – it doesn’t have to be an ongoing problem. Examples include:
- unwanted physical conduct or “horseplay” including touching, pinching, pushing or grabbing;
- continued suggestions for social activity – whether one-to-one or as part of a group – after it has been made clear that such suggestions are unwelcome;
- sending or displaying material that is pornographic or that some people may find offensive (including e-mail, text messages, video clips and images sent by mobile phone or posted on the internet);
- unwelcome sexual advances or suggestive behaviour (which the harasser may perceive as harmless);
- racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist jokes or derogatory or stereotypical remarks about a particular ethnic or religious group or gender;
- outing or threatening to out someone as gay or lesbian;
- offensive e-mails, text messages or social media content; and
- mocking, mimicking or belittling a person’s disability.
Bullying can take many forms; the following is a non-exhaustive list of how bullying may appear:
- open aggression, threats, shouting abuse/obscenities;
- subjecting an individual to humiliation or ridicule, belittling their efforts, often in front of others;
- subjecting an individual to excessive supervision without justification, excessive monitoring of their work and being over critical about minor things;
- constantly taking the credit for another individual’s work, but never the blame;
- deliberately withholding information that an individual requires in order to do their job effectively;
- ostracising/marginalising an individual by unreasonably excluding that person from discussions, decisions etc.;
- spreading malicious rumours about the individual; or
We recognise that in serious cases, it may not be appropriate or possible to speak directly to the alleged bully. In this case, you should make a report directly to the Head of Production at Buffalo Pictures Ltd, Sandy Poustie There will be no victimisation for truthfully reporting abusive behaviour or participating in an investigation of a complaint.