BHAS Allotments Society Code of Conduct
We believe that all allotment holders have a right to work in an environment that is safe, inclusive and where all of us feel respected, valued and share a sense of belonging.
A code of conduct defines how people should act on a day-to-day basis. It reflects daily activities and operations, our core values and the overall culture of the Society.
All members of BHAS are expected to observe the following rules and behaviour.
- Work towards the good of both the Society and the allotment sites in general, respecting and complying with the Council’s Terms & Conditions and its Tenancy Agreement.
- Have due regard for the security and wellbeing of others in the allotments; this includes showing respect for other people’s plots and possessions;
- Conduct activities and communications without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, race, ethnic origin, religion, age or disability;
- Avoid abusive and inflammatory language, whether in person, by email, or by any other forms of communication, including social media;
- Never make physical threats or behave in a manner intended to intimidate or bully another allotment holder or committee member;
- Avoid conflict of interest, in particular when carrying out one of the committee or supporting roles for the Society;
- Always report to the committee instances where they experience an attempt to bribe, including any fee or reward in kind;
- Be compliant with Richmond Council’s Code of Practice “Challenging and Preventing Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying”
If a member of BHAS should know of, or become aware of, any breach of this Code of Conduct by another member they are under an obligation to notify the Committee.
Whilst this Code of Conduct refers to BHAS members, any breeches of it by non-members of the Society will be referred to the Council Allotment Officer.
Any breach of the Code of Conduct brought to the attention of the Committee will be investigated. If found to have foundation, the Committee has the authority to terminate or suspend membership of the Society.
Serious breaches of the Code of Conduct will be brought to the attention of the Allotment Officer of Richmond Council with a recommendation to terminate the plot holder’s tenancy.