Ethical, Environmental and Equal Opportunities Statement

As an organisation, and as individuals, Oxford Research Group (ORG) is committed to progressive ethical, environmental and equal opportunities policies in all areas of our work and working practices.

A member of the ORG team is responsible to the Executive Director for oversight of the ethical, environmental and equal opportunities aspects of our projects, programmes of work and office management. This individual, with the cooperation of all staff members, ensures that the following policies are adhered to and upheld.

Ethical Policy

Oxford Research Group is committed to an ethical approach in all our projects, programmes of work and operating procedures. We are working towards ensuring we do not make use of external suppliers or services which invest in, or have any links to, unethical industries, and preference is given, where possible, to fairtrade and other ethically sound products. As individuals, we strive to reflect the ethical values of the Group in the manner in which we work. We apply the principles of trust and dialogue in all our dealings, both amongst ourselves and with others with whom we work. Our internal decision-making processes are undertaken in an open and consultative manner; close attention is paid to maintaining a sensible work/life balance for our staff and we ensure that fair remuneration is offered to employees. Our strategic direction is governed by a Board of Trustees and our activities are also guided by our Patrons and Sustainers. Oxford Research Group guards its independence and believes in the principle of “speaking truth to power”. We therefore avoid sources of funding that may jeopardise the independence or integrity of the organisation.

Environmental Policy

Climate change and environmental stresses are one of the root causes of global insecurity. Oxford Research Group recognises that its activities have an impact on the environment and as such is committed to working in an environmentally responsible manner. We have developed efficient recycling procedures and use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible. ORG publications are printed by Seacourt on recycled and FSC-certified paper, using vegetable oil based inks and environmentally friendly waterless printing. A purchasing and contracting policy is promoted that gives preference to products and services that cause the least harm to the environment. We are working towards reducing the environmental impact of our office and limiting the use of materials and consumables, including energy (which comes from renewable sources wherever possible). As an organisation we encourage, and are working towards, the use of environmentally responsible means of transport by our staff - all of whom use public transport or bicycles to get to the office - and are examining other ways of reducing our impact on the environment. We have also teamed up with Climate Care to offset the remaining greenhouse gas emissions from our organisation.

Equal Opportunities Policy

Oxford Research Group is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age or any other illegal or unfair basis. Oxford Research Group, its staff and management, are committed to removing any barriers to equal opportunities in its recruitment and employment practices, and will not abide discrimination, victimisation or harassment in any form. All members of Oxford Research Group respect and are committed to acting in accordance with this policy. Any complaint against any individual or the Group will be addressed by the Executive Director and, if necessary, referred to the Board of Trustees for investigation. All staff have the opportunity for confidential annual reviews with the Executive Director, and any inter-staff issues can be raised openly in ad hoc personnel meetings. Oxford Research Group places high value on achieving and maintaining a good gender balance among its staff, Trustees and Patrons. ORG also adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for Ethical Internships drawn up by the Intern's Network.

These policies are both general statements of intent and guidelines for the practical implementation of ethically sound, environmentally responsible and fair working practices. We constantly work towards identifying areas of potential improvement and will continue to monitor and develop our policies and practices, reviewing this Statement on an annual basis.

Last reviewed: May 2008