We Are Open is a worker owned co-operative that is registered in the UK (company number - 10150608).
¶ Equality and Diversity
This statement is made pursuant to The Equality Act 2010.
In line with our co-operative values, We Are Open Co-op is committed to being an organisation that is pro diversity, anti discrimination and one in which each person is valued and appreciated. We value diversity and ensure equal opportunities for all people, regardless of any of the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Sexual orientation
- Religion or belief
This statement is made pursuant to the Living Wage. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually and is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.
In line with our co-operative values, We Are Open Co-op is committed to paying at least the Living Wage.
- We are committed to paying all our members and staff at least the Living Wage
- We ensure that all casual workers engaged directly by us are paid at least the Living Wage
- We have set up our procurement procedures to engage with contractors, potential contractors and services to encourage them, as far as possible, to also pay the Living Wage to people working for them.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
In line with our co-operative values, We Are Open Co-op is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within any part of its business or supply chain.
In line with our statements on equality, diversity, and emotional intelligence, We Are Open Co-op strives to ensure psychological safety amongst our members. In our relationships amongst each other, as well as relationships with customers, clients, peers, and colleagues, we aim to build trust and safety. We reflect and discuss the five elements of psychological safety (SCARF described here) in relation to our teams and projects.
- Status: A sense of importance and belonging.
- Certainty: Clarity. An ability to predict what will happen.
- Autonomy: Agency. A sense of freedom and control. Being treated like an adult.
- Relationships: Connecting on a personal level. Feeling like we know each other.
- Fairness: The rules are fairly applied. Things are fair and above-board.
Some specific things we do that help us keep our SCARF on:
- Status: Per member status check-ins in all weekly meetings and open conversations to balance power dynamics and clear distinction of leadership and accountability based on project requirements.
- Certainty: We keep documentation of our practices and policies, set up common structures for project management, and are constantly working towards clearer organization.
- Autonomy: We actively encourage members to take leadership and initiative.
- Relationships: We use co-op days, one to one meetings and in-person events to ensure solidarity amongst our members. We encourage all members to get to know each other.
- Fairness: As a co-op, we have a 100% flat hierarchy and consensus based decision making. One member, one vote.
We believe that all members have a right to psychological safety and aim to create an atmosphere wherein that safety is acknowledged and expressed.
As the co-op grows and members move in and out of it as their other commitments allow, collaboration and coordination can become difficult. While wanting to contribute and be involved, there is the potential for standing on toes, not understanding the context for work that is happening, or wasted effort as work is duplicated due to lack of coordination. This can lead to tension, misunderstandings and people feeling bad.
To avoid this, we aim to:
- Communicate from a starting point of acceptance of others and their views. We won't all agree all the time but we will try to find the positive before responding with a negative. We will ask questions if we don't understand someone's perspective and respect their opinion even if we don't agree.
- Trust our colleagues and that the work and hours they are doing is for the good of the co-op and not just personal gain. We will discuss upcoming co-op work (e.g. paid from the pot) in weekly meetings.
- We will update and coordinate in open channels as much as possible, including pinging client channels when we intend to spend significant time, so that everyone knows what we're all working on. It's always acceptable to ping the Members channel
- Respect colleagues that have started working on a client or co-op project by checking in with them before jumping in and making changes without reference to them, others, or the work they have in progress.
- If someone upsets us, we will think about how to create a non-combative, positive solution. We might want to sense check our feelings with a colleague to help understand the root of the problem and ask them to help us identify a solution.
- Remember that we don't owe individual members a certain income but that we all work for the good of the collective and try to help each other.