BOS Equality and Diversity Statement

Equality and Diversity Statement for the British Orthodontic Society

(April 2020)

The British Orthodontic Society aims to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

The British Orthodontic Society is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture amongst society members, employees, trustees, group chairs and anyone working for, and on behalf of, the Society; also for patients and members of the public who work with the Society. It is in our best interests to promote diversity and eliminate discrimination in the workplace and in the Society as a whole.


Our aim is to ensure that all of those working on behalf of the British Orthodontic Society are given equal opportunity and that our organisation is representative of all sections of society. Everybody involved in the operation of the British Orthodontic Society will be respected and valued and able to give their best as a result.


This policy reinforces our commitment to providing equality and fairness to all in the British Orthodontic Society and not provide less favourable facilities or treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, or sex and sexual orientation. We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.


All of those involved in the work of the British Orthodontic Society, no matter whether they are paid, unpaid, part-time, full-time, or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. When selecting candidates for employment or other roles within the Society, it will be on the basis of their aptitude and ability. Everyone will be given help and encouragement to develop their full potential and utilise their unique talents. Therefore, the skills and resources of our organisation will be fully utilised and we will maximise the efficiency of our Society.



  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all team members are recognised and valued.
  • To create a working environment that promotes dignity and respect for everyone working for the British Orthodontic Society.
  • To not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying, or harassment, and to discipline those that breach this policy.
  • To make training, development, and progression opportunities available to all staff.To promote equality in the workplace, which the British Orthodontic Society believes is good practice and makes sound business sense.
  • To encourage anyone who feels they have been subject to discrimination to raise their concerns so we can apply corrective measures.
  • To encourage all of those working for the British Orthodontic Society to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • To regularly review employment practices and procedures so that fairness is maintained at all times.
  • Those involved in the British Orthodontic Society will be informed that an equality and diversity policy is in operation and that they are obligated to comply with its requirements and promote fairness in the Society.


The policy will also be drawn to the attention of funding agencies, stakeholders, customers, learners, and job applicants.


The equality and diversity policy is fully supported by the Trustees of the Society and will be monitored and reviewed regularly to ensure that equality and diversity is continually promoted.