DEI Policy

1. SCOPE

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our participants, volunteers, coaches, officials, with the aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our volunteers to be truly representative of all sections of society and our member clubs’ participants and for each person to feel respected and able to give their best. The BBF - in providing (not exhaustive) operating and organising its baseball services, leagues, events - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of participants playing its sport, volunteers or the public. NOTE: The BBF has no paid staff, it is an all volunteer organisation. 

2. APPLICABLE

This policy applies to all current volunteers of the British Baseball Federation and its affiliates, including full-time and part-time, and volunteers.

3. COMMITMENT FROM THE BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our volunteers and members, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our volunteers and members to be truly representative of all sections of society, and for each participant to feel respected and able to give their best.

The BBF - in providing services and/or baseball events - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of the public.

The policy’s purpose is to:

  • provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our volunteers, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
  • not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of volunteering, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, and selection for promotion, training or other developmental opportunities.   

The organisation commits to: 

  • Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense
  • Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.  This commitment includes training managers and all other volunteers about their rights and responsibilities under the equality, diversity and inclusion policy. Responsibilities include BBF volunteers conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination. All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public
  • Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities. Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice. Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.
  • Decisions concerning BBF volunteers being based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
  • Review volunteer practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.
  • Monitor the make-up of the volunteer workforce regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, etc and disability in encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality, diversity and inclusion policy. Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.


The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by senior management and has been agreed. Any complaints regarding DEI can be made by clicking here

Use of the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures does not affect a volunteers right to make a claim.

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