Hello and welcome to the latest instalment of Network News.
Dublin Bus is an extremely diverse workplace with 67 different countries of origin represented across the company. We employ members from the Traveller Community, the LGBT Community and those with diverse religious backgrounds. Why? Because we look beyond race, gender identity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disabilities, and civil or family status. Our recruitment procedures ensure employment is offered based on competency to fulfil a role profile; they champion equality, diversity and non-discrimination.
We have, for many years, prided ourselves on our renowned Equality and Diversity strategy that has been in place since 2003. The strategy documents our commitment to managing a workplace that integrates, benefits from, and achieves equality for all our diverse employees, as well as promoting an inclusive workplace. It is recognised by the Irish Management Institute and the European Commission as Best Practice in relation to Diversity. We are also one of the founding Irish signatories of the Irish Diversity Charter. This is something we are very proud of as extensive work has gone into ensuring our employees have access to a fulfilling and supportive work environment.
I am delighted to announce that our dedicated Equality and Diversity Officer is currently drafting our new Gender Transition Policy, which aims to further develop our inclusive workplace for all employees while ensuring that our LGBT employees have access to a knowledgeable and understanding support system within Dublin Bus.
This new policy is an extension of the duty of care we have to our employees and customers and is just one of our many initiatives. We are committed to promoting equality, accommodating diversity, and ensuring non-discrimination for both our employees and our customers. We also promote these values in the different sectors we do business with, and in the various communities that we serve.
One of our customer initiatives is the Travel Assistance Scheme which aims to encourage inclusivity across our services. This scheme offers assistance to commuters by aiding in the independent use of Dublin Bus, the DART and the Luas especially those with disabilities and reduced mobility. Through this scheme customers can avail of assistance and practical advice on how to travel independently on public transport. With the help of a full-time Travel Assistant, a tailor-made travel plan is drawn up to meet each individual customer’s needs. Since its inception, patronage levels of this programme have grown at a steady rate. In 2015, the Travel Assistance Scheme helped over 884 people to use our services.
Equality and Diversity is always evolving and we will continue to develop our policies and procedures to ensure we remain inclusive and accessible.