As a professional association, we are strongly committed to ensuring that inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do. This includes a commitment to ensuring that all of our events, governance materials, resources, training, discussion platforms and services are developed with inclusivity at the centre.

Equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights. We actively oppose all forms of discrimination and are committed to the principle that no person shall face discrimination by being treated unfairly.

We will not discriminate (indirectly, directly or by association) on the grounds of race, sex, gender reassignment, marital or partnership status, pregnancy and or maternity / paternity status, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, or disability (e.g. sensory and physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health status).

Discrimination as outlined above, is unacceptable and contrary to our explicit aim of providing quality governance services, training and resources to our members. We will take a zero tolerance approach to any such discrimination identified within our organisation, services or materials.

ADSO has an important role to play in fostering relationships and circulating ideas and good practice amongst its membership. We deliver training, events, qualifications, materials and discussion platforms which form a solid foundation of resources for Democratic Services Officers across the Country.

We are developing an Equality and Diversity Action Plan to help us deliver these aims.

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