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RFU Equity Policy Implementation and Monitoring

The RFU and RFUW will seek to implement promote equity and equality through:

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  • The monitoring of practices, procedures and data relating to the operations of competitions, schemes, initiatives and development materials.
  • A regular review of existing rules and regulations to ensure that they do not inhibit the participation of people from groups which may suffer discrimination
  • Increasing collaboration with partner organisations to ensure equity, fair and consistent treatment of all members
  • The provision of appropriate training for all employees, members of the Executive Committee and other key volunteers of the RFU and RFUW to raise awareness of both collective and individual responsibilities, to support their progress within the Union and, where appropriate, provide specialised facilities, equipment and individual training

To ensure this policy is upheld, the RFU and RFUW may take special measures or positive action in favour of any group which is currently underrepresented in its membership, representative bodies or workforce. In this the RFU and RFUW recognises its legal obligations under the following acts of Parliament:

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  • Race Relations Act 1976 (amendment 2000)
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Acts 1975, 1986, 1999
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Human Rights Act 1998.


The Equity and Ethics Manager of the RFU and the Managing Director of the RFUW are responsible for providing their respective Unions with data for monitoring the effectiveness of this policy, and for providing information to members about the policy and its implementation and impact.

The RFU and RFUW will continuously monitor and review the selection criteria and procedures in relation to participation and employment to ensure individuals are selected, promoted and treated solely on the basis of the skills and abilities which are appropriate to the position.

The RFU and RFUW will work with key equity partners and accountable officers within the respective organisations to ensure that all programmes and initiatives are inclusive.


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