Read about projects and editorial standards that we have pledged to support and uphold
When it comes to LGBT+ representation, we don’t want to jump on bandwagons, tick boxes or meet quotas. We want to make a lasting, definitive effort to challenge systemic discrimination.
As a publisher, we have a responsibility to elevate LGBT+ voices, and properly represent LGBT+ people in our content. That’s why we’ve put together our Pride Pledge – to track our progress and to keep our efforts consistently high throughout the year.
To do that, we’ve put together three quantifiable areas for us to address, improve, and review. While these are things we’ve always taken into consideration and done our best to include, we want to make a conscious and proactive effort to ensure our magazine is representing all of our readership community, to the best of our abilities:
1. Stock Images
We will ensure we use stock images of LGBT+ individuals, couples and families in the magazine and online. These shouldn’t be reserved for articles that look specifically at LGBT+ issues, but across all topics to become part of a normal reading experience.
2. LGBT+ Writers
It’s important to let those from the community speak for themselves. When we cover LGBT+ topics, we will approach LGBT+ people to write about them, and encourage LGBT+ writers to pitch topics for other areas of the magazine.
3. LGBT+ Experts
Experts are the backbone of our content and the reason we feel confident sharing advice with our readers. We will include more LGBT+ experts and, if we are looking for comments on a piece that looks at LGBT+ issues, we will ensure that the expert is LGBT+ themselves, or has significant professional experience in this area.
In six months time, we will look at how we have done. Have we stuck to our pledge? If so, what can we do next, and if not, why? And how can we turn things around?
Spotted an area where we could do better? Let us know so we can look at how to improve. Email us at: [email protected]
Do you identify as LGBT+ and want to get involved with Happiful? Take a look at our contributor guidelines to see what kind of content we look for.
For every tree used to make our magazine, we will ensure two are planted in its place
Happiful magazine is FSC certified. Our two-for-one tree commitment is made of two parts. Firstly, we source all our paper from FSC certified sources. The FSC label guarantees that the trees harvested are replaced, or allowed to regenerate naturally. Secondly, we will ensure an additional tree is planted for each one used, by making a suitable donation to a forestry charity.
Equal opportunities and diversity.
This policy sets out the Company’s approach to equal opportunities and the avoidance of discrimination at work. Memiah is committed to achieving a working environment, which provides equal opportunity and ensuring all individuals are treated with respect, fairness and courtesy. The Company is actively opposed to all forms of bullying and harassment and unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual orientation (the “Protected Characteristics”).
This applies to:
a) all employees at all levels (both full and part-time); and
b) all aspects of employment with the Company and ensures that all recruitment, appraisals, promotion, conduct at work, training, development, assessment, monitoring, benefits, pay, terms and conditions of employment, redundancies and dismissals are determined on the basis of capability, qualifications, experience, skills and productivity. This list is not exhaustive.
Memiah aims to provide a service that does not discriminate against its clients and customers in the means by which they can access the services supplied by the Company. Memiah believes that all employees (and job applicants), clients and customers are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity, treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices and encouraged to reach one’s full potential.