Dignity at Work in Scotland’s Creative and Cultural sectors (2023)

1. Everyone working in Scotland’s creative and cultural sectors is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, whether they are an employee, freelancer, contractor, Board member or volunteer. Creative Scotland does not tolerate bullying, harassment, or victimisation under any circumstance, and expects the same of any organisation, individual or project that we support with public funding.

2. Creative Scotland remains committed to tackling discrimination and all forms of prejudice. As the national body for creative development, we have a responsibility to ensure our support reflects the diversity of Scotland’s population. We work to ensure we meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty 2010, having due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people when carrying out our work.

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3. We recognise that these behaviours persist in Scotland’s creative sectors and that there is a strong collective will to tackle them.This document sets out our commitment to ensuring that Dignity at Work is addressed across the sectors we support.

What do we mean by Dignity at Work?

4. We consider Dignity at Work to mean being free to work without experiencing these four unacceptable behaviours:

  • Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened. Power does not always mean being in a position of authority but can include both personal strength and the coercion through fear or intimidation. Bullying can take the form of physical, verbal, and non-verbal conduct. Bullying at work means harassing, socially excluding someone, or negatively affecting someone's work tasks.
  • Harassment is any unwanted physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. It may be repeated behaviour, or in serious cases, may involve only a single incident. It also includes treating someone less favourably because they have submitted to or refused to submit to such behaviour in the past.
  • Discrimination is being treating unfairly because of who you are. Direct discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic as identified by the Equality Act 2010. Indirect discrimination occurs where employers have, rule, policy or practice that particularly disadvantages people who share a protected characteristic. Discrimination can also occur by perception and by association.
  • Victimisation is the less favourable treatment of someone who has complained or given information about harassment or discrimination or supported someone else’s complaint. Employees have the right to raise grievances and to raise issues relating to discrimination or bullying in good faith and to have these matters investigated. Where a member of staff raises an issue in good faith, they should not suffer any detriment or victimisation by virtue of raising their grievance or complaint with management.

5. Bullying, harassment, discrimination, and victimisation harm lives, causing emotional distress and adversely affecting careers. There is no measure of behaviours that are unacceptable to individuals, and instances can cause harm irrespective of their duration or whether they are isolated or persistent. They can occur face-to-face (including outside the workplace) and through written or online communication or commentary.

6. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of one or more of the nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. Harassment related to these characteristics is also unlawful. In the workplace, harassment by a member of staff or by a third party, such as a client or supplier, may lead to both harasser and the organisation being legally liable.

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Expectations of Creative Scotland funding

7. We expect organisations, individuals and projects that we fund and work with to ensure Dignity at Work and take all reasonable steps to prevent bullying, harassment, discrimination, and victimisation in the workplace.

8. Creative Scotland does not, however, have a regulatory role regarding the practice of those working in the creative sectors. We do not, therefore, investigate allegations of unacceptable behaviours in the sector.

9. Accountability for ensuring Dignity at Work rests with the Board (or equivalent governance bodies) and their actions in response to any allegations of unacceptable behaviour should be in line with their own processes and governance structure.

10. We expect the Board of any organisation in receipt of Creative Scotland funding to deal with any instances of bullying, harassment, victimisation, or discrimination appropriately. Where there is an issue raised, we expect any organisation, project or individual we support with public funding to acknowledge the seriousness of the complaint that it has received and to take steps to redress the situation.

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11. In such cases Creative Scotland will expect to see strong leadership and a plan from the organisation as to how to manage the situation. Where we consider that an organisation is not delivering what was agreed in their Funding Agreement with us, we will expect the organisation to take responsibility for the situation.

12. Creative Scotland has a duty to ensure the appropriate use of the public funds we award. If we are concerned with an organisation’s progress our first step will be to give feedback and then discuss our concerns with the organisation so we can better understand what the issues might be. We expect the Board (or equivalent) to be aware of our concerns. We may also choose to make one or more of the interventions:

  • We may ask for and agree an action plan for improvement in response to concerns. Organisations will be responsible for this plan, and we will monitor its effect.
  • We may ask for reports in writing more frequently on certain issues or confirm that areas of concern that we identified are being addressed.
  • We may place additional conditions on our grant payments to ensure compliance when existing conditions or standard requirements have not been met.
  • If the conditions of our funding have not been met, we may decide to withhold payment of a grant until conditions are fulfilled.

12. In extreme circumstances we may decide to cease funding and in cases where there has been a breach of the terms and conditions, we may ask for repayment. In our funding agreements with RFOs we state that organisations should adopt inclusive policies and practices regarding Equalities and Diversity for the development of the arts and public engagement. We also state that we reserve the right to stop paying funding, reduce funding or ask funding to be returned if the organisation does not meet the ethical and governance standards expected in managing public money.

Creative Scotland’s wider commitments

14. Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is one of our four strategic priorities. As the national body for creative development, we have a responsibility to ensure our support reflects the diversity of Scotland’s population; and that opportunities to create, participate or work in the arts, screen and creative industries are accessible, inclusive, and open to everyone, irrespective of their background.We want to create the conditions in which systemic inequalities can be openly challenged and effectively addressed and continue to support organisations working in the arts, screen, and creative industries to deliver and sustain their work on equalities, diversity, and inclusion.

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15. Fair Work and Workforce Development is also a strategic priority. The Fair Work Convention, 2015 sets out several aims, which include Progressive workplace policies, including greater workplace democracy, employee voice and commitment. It also outlines the five Fair Work Dimensions, including Respect:

Fair Work is work in which people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status. Respect at work is a two-way process between employers and workers. Respect at work enhances individual health, safety and wellbeing. Dignified treatment can protect workers from workplace-related illness, stress and injury, and can create an environment free from bullying and harassment.

16. Screen Scotland is the national body that drives development of all aspects of Scotland’s film and tv industry, through funding and strategic support. Screen Scotland is part of Creative Scotland and delivers these services and support with funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Screen Scotland supports the British Film Institute (BFI) principles and guidance for tackling and preventing bullying, harassment, and racism in the screen industries. These were commissioned by the BFI and developed in partnership with BAFTA, and a range of organisations have endorsed these as central to ensuring Dignity at Work in the Screen Industries.


What is the fair work policy in creative Scotland? ›

Creative Scotland is committed to a strategic priority of Fair Work, which means promoting fair pay, conditions, and employment opportunities across the creative sector. The aim of Fair Work is to see progressive workplace policies which: improve productivity and innovation. promote greater workplace democracy.

What are creative Scotland values? ›

Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to put equalities and diversity at the heart of all our activity enabling people from different backgrounds, from diverse communities and of all ages to access increased opportunity through access to arts and culture.

Why are the creative industries important to Scotland? ›

In Scotland our creative industries comprise over 15,000 businesses employing more 70,000 people, in addition to a large number of freelancers as well as students studying creative courses. Together they make an important contribution to our national wealth and international reputation.

What are the 16 distinct creative industries identified by the Scottish Government? ›

The Scottish Government's definition of the sector includes visual and performing arts, cultural education, crafts, textiles, fashion, photography, music, writing and publishing, advertising, libraries, archives, antiques, architecture, design, film and video, TV and radio, software and electronic publishing, and ...

Does Scotland have a fair work policy? ›

Fair pay (for example, the Real Living Wage) No inappropriate use of zero hours contracts or exploitative working patterns. Collective arrangements for pay and conditions. Building stability into contractual arrangements.

What is Creative Scotland Common purpose? ›

We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

What values are important to Scottish culture? ›

Engraved on it are the words “Wisdom”, “Justice”, “Compassion”, and “Integrity” . Apparently these are now the “shared values” of the Scottish people. Who would have known?

What are Scottish cultural values? ›

It is committed to social cohesion, justice and equality. This is exemplified by the inscription on the Scottish Mace which sits in the Scottish Parliament, clearly declaring to the world that our society is underpinned by the values of wisdom, justice, integrity and compassion.

What is unique about Scottish culture? ›

Ceilidhs, bagpipes, kilts and whisky - these are just a few traditions that make Scotland's culture special. Immerse yourself in Scottish history and find out more about our patron saint and ancient traditions.

What is the most important thing in Scotland? ›

One of the top things Scotland is known for is the Loch Ness Monster, who is said to reside in the waters of Loch Ness. The “monster” has been the source of much speculation and possible sightings, the earliest dating back to 565 AD, and is often referred to in books and films.

What is the most important industry in Scotland? ›

Oil and gas. Scottish waters consisting of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil resources in Western Europe – The UK is one of Europe's largest petroleum producers, with the discovery of North Sea oil transforming the Scottish economy.

What are the sectors within the creative industries? ›

There are thirteen sub-sectors under the term 'creative industries' and these are: advertising; architecture; the art and antiques market; crafts; design; designer fashion; film and video; interactive leisure software; music; the performing arts; publishing; software and computer games; and television and radio.

What industries were important to the Scottish people? ›

In its industrial heyday Scotland's prosperity was based on such heavy industries as coal, steel, ship construction, and engineering, but these were the industries most exposed to foreign competition and to declines in local production.

What are two important industries in the Scottish borders? ›

The Scottish Borders has a reasonably sized employment base in the areas of tourism, creative industries, food and drink, and financial and business services.

What are the creative industries Scotland? ›

Within Creative Scotland, the Creative Industries team also lead on the artforms of Architecture, Craft, Design, Creative Technology and Network Culture, Fashion and Textiles, as well as also working with the dedicated artform teams within Creative Scotland that lead on, including Music, Literature, Dance, Theatre and ...

What is the work ethic in Scotland? ›

The Scots ethic has become conflated with the pursuit of happiness. This philosophical stance is a vestige of the Scottish Enlightenment, which expounded the qualities of virtue and wisdom. The ideology dictates that as individuals we are not entitled to happiness, but must earn it by dint of merit and hard work.

What is the Scottish Government dignity at Work policy? ›

All employees have a personal responsibility for ensuring that everyone's dignity is respected in the workplace. This means that your own conduct does not offend others and that you do what you can to prevent others from harassing or bullying.

What is fair work in Scotland? ›

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers.

What is the most creative city in Scotland? ›

Glasgow can boast world-class artists and venues across genres, from rock and pop, to classical and electronica and is also home to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Who funds Creative Scotland? ›

Creative Scotland distributes funding for the arts, screen and creative industries from two primary sources - the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

What is Creative Scotland environmental policy? ›

We aim to see the arts, screen and creative industries show leadership in reducing their environmental impacts and carbon footprint and have sustainable behaviours embedded in their organisations and their work, with the additional cost reductions that this can often bring.

What is an example of Scottish culture? ›

Whether a formal or informal evening, everyone enjoys a hearty feast which consists of haggis, neeps and tatties, rounded off with drams of whisky as some of Burns' poems and songs are recited and tributes made, usually after the haggis has been piped in by the bagpipes.

What is the main culture of Scotland? ›

With thousands of years of history and Celtic influences, Scotland is a country with a strong national identity and unique traditions. Scottish people are often known for their open-minded spirit and for being passionate fans of sports.

How to be polite in Scotland? ›

It's important to be polite in Scotland, so using phrases such as "please" and "thank you" is expected. When asking for assistance or directions, it's recommended to begin with "Excuse me" or "Sorry to bother you." Also part of being polite is acknowledging Scotland has a strong dialect of its own.

What are typical traits of Scottish people? ›

So what are the Scots really? Carefree and light-hearted we most hilariously are not but at our best, we're honest, reliable and compassionate. Fairness reigns supreme and most Scots genuinely strive for a fairer and more equal society even if, in our eternal resigned pessimism, we fear we'll never see one.

What are 5 interesting facts about Scotland? ›

5 Fun facts about Scotland
  • It's home to one of Europe's oldest trees. ...
  • Golf was invented here. ...
  • The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn. ...
  • Over 90% of Scottish residents live in less than 5% of the country's area. ...
  • There are over 900 islands in Scotland, according to the Scottish government.
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What is the cultural symbol for Scotland? ›

The unicorn has been linked with Scotland for centuries. Famously known as wild, fierce, bold and resilient, the Scots adopted the mythical creature as its national animal. Firstly, the unicorn was featured on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century.

How do you honor Scottish heritage? ›

Clan Gatherings: One of the most common traditions associated with Scottish clans is the gathering of members from all over the world to celebrate their shared heritage and cultural traditions. This often includes highland games, dance performances, traditional music and storytelling, and feasts.

What culture did the Scottish bring to America? ›

Interestingly, some slaves in America often learned Scottish Gaelic as well as English. The call-and-response African American music we hear today was brought to America by the Scots—it was their traditional song form. Hymns were shared, and music, including fiddle tunes and the bagpipes, were played together.

What is the Scottish known for? ›

Scotland is famous for bagpipes, tartan kilts, haggis, the Loch Ness Monster, highland cows and, of course, Scottish whisky - but there is more to Scotland than just those items that instantly spring to mind. Scotland is a country full of history, culture, and natural beauty.

What is the most popular tradition in Scotland? ›

Hogmanay is one our most famous and celebrated Scottish traditions. The origins of the event are unclear, but some say it first celebrated the passing of the Winter Solstice. Due to many people working over the Christmas period up until the 1950s, the winter solstice holiday would be celebrated at New Year instead.

What is the most successful business in Scotland? ›

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Traditionally, the Scottish economy has been dominated by heavy industry underpinned by shipbuilding in Glasgow, coal mining and steel industries.

What is the main business in Scotland? ›

Food and drink industry

Scotland leads the way in Europe for food production, food manufacture, food and drink research and food technology.

Is Scotland a rich culture? ›

Historically, Scotland has a long tradition of embracing new cultures and traditions. Modern Scotland is a rich and diverse country which sees many different cultures from across the world living in harmony together.

What is the cultural and creative sector? ›

Cultural and creative sectors are comprised of all sectors whose activities are based on cultural values, or other artistic individual or collective creative expressions and are defined in the legal basis of the Creative Europe Programme.

What is an example of creative sector? ›

The creative industries – which include advertising, architecture, arts and crafts, design, fashion, film, video, photography, music, performing arts, publishing, research & development, software, computer games, electronic publishing, and TV/radio – are the lifeblood of the creative economy.

What are the example of creative cultural industries? ›

The creative industries include: Music, performing arts, like acting, and visual arts, like painting. Crafts, such as weaving, furniture-making and jewellery-making. Film, TV, animation, visual effects, video, radio and photography.

Why are Scots so successful? ›

Reasons for the success of Scottish immigrants

They had a very strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. They adapted well to the harsh climates. They formed their own communities and helped each other. Scottish farmers could use their skills and knowledge to improve their farms.

What are Scotlands most important natural resources? ›

For many centuries coal has been extracted for use as a fuel to heat homes and to power Scottish industry. Peat also continues to be used locally for fuel. Mining oil-rich shale to extract oil produced the distinctive bings of West Lothian. Oil and gas continue to be extracted from the rocks of the North Sea.

What type of economic system is Scotland? ›

Scotland has a mixed economy closely interlinked with the rest of the United Kingdom (UK) and with the European Union more widely.

What are the 3 main imports of Scotland? ›

In 2018, Scotland's top 5 import categories were: (1) Gas, natural & manufactured (£3.5 billion); (2) Office and automatic data processing (ADP) machinery (£2.7 billion); (3) Power generating machinery (£2.2 billion);

What jobs did Scottish immigrants have in America? ›

Later, Philadelphia became the common port of entry for these immigrants. Most Scots came in family groups and became farmers. The second half of the 1800s saw single men and women immigrate and work in factories during the Industrial Revolution.

What are the sectors of the Scottish government? ›

The devolved government for Scotland and Executive Agencies have a range of responsibilities which include: health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.

What are creative industries features? ›

  • Geography of the Creative Industries.
  • The Value of Arts and Culture.
  • Skills, Jobs and Education.
  • Intellectual Property and Regulation.
  • R&D and Innovation.
  • Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Business Models and Access to Finance.
  • Cross-cutting.
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What is the largest creative industry in the world? ›

Television and the visual arts make up the largest industries of the creative economy in terms of revenue, while visual arts and music are the largest industries in terms of employment.

What is fair work Scotland? ›

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers.

What is creative Scotland environmental policy? ›

We aim to see the arts, screen and creative industries show leadership in reducing their environmental impacts and carbon footprint and have sustainable behaviours embedded in their organisations and their work, with the additional cost reductions that this can often bring.

What is fairness at work Scottish government? ›

The Fairness at Work (FAW) policy applies to all Scottish Government staff, senior civil servants and associated bodies. Everyone has a part to play in reporting incidents and supporting colleagues, regardless of whether or not the perceived harassment, victimisation, discrimination or bullying is unintentional.

What is the Equalities Policy Scotland? ›

Protected characteristic / Equality Group The Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to anticipate and remove disadvantage which may affect people on the basis of nine protected characteristics. “Protected characteristics” is preferred to “equality group”, as it is the term used in legislation.


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