AAI's Diversity & Inclusion Policy

AAI's Diversity & Inclusion Policy

The actions of AAI’s staff are governed by a set of policies and guidelines, which include coverage of behaviour related to diversity, but more importantly inclusion, across all our work.

 

We have been discussing single explicit statements on our website regarding diversity in the light of current events. The message for us is spread throughout the AAI site in terms of our track record on recruitment practice that is open to people from as many different backgrounds as possible. The open and accessible nature of the process we use has proved to be successful in attracting numbers of candidates who disclose protected characteristics that are higher than you would expect in relation to the population demographics in Scotland.

 
 
Over the last four or five years, while we have been specifically working with what are generally regarded as “diverse” communities. People from different backgrounds have consistently told us that what organisations do is far more important to them than any kind of diversity statement.

 

 
AAI’s standard operating procedure is to develop and maintain links with organisations and individuals who are representative of the many diverse communities and communities of interest across Scotland (and the rest of the UK where possible) and to use these links to invite applications to the posts we advertise. This is part of our policy of advertising as widely as we can for any given vacancy.
 
Since 2017 AAI has supported the Scottish Government in the diversity-specifc projects Back To Work, Diversity Works (2019)Diveristy Works (2020)Invisible Talent and an online mindset support programme during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects not only boost the employability of people from BAME backgrounds in Scotland, but have included diversity training for employers of all sizes encouraging significant change in recruitment, onboarding and HR processes. 

 

 
The pRESPECT project which is under the AAI umbrella also massively helps us to get inclusive practice right, as it is entirely focused on working with individuals from BAME backgrounds, and others with specific differences that are discriminated against in daily life in Scotland.
 
We have a continuous sounding board for individuals to comment on our activity. The reaction from people engaged in this project is very clearly that they don’t really care what statement a company makes about diversity, as they will read between the lines and then see what you do when they interact with you, rather than what you say.