A HATE crime charter has been launched in Warwickshire.
A number of businesses have pledged to follow the charter developed by charity the Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP).
The charter aims to help staff identify and report hate crimes and incidents that may take place in and around their premises.
EQuIP chief executive Junaid Hussain said: “This initiative continues to build on the other great work undertaken through the Warwickshire Hate Crime Partnership, that we are part of. The missing link to the insight surrounding hate crimes and incidents has been the business sector and this charter clearly sets out how collectively we can create a safe environment where staff and customers can be supported.”
The charter, funded by Warwickshire Police and Crime commissioner Philip Seccombe, was developed in response to the year-on-year increase of hate related incidents reported to Warwickshire Police.
Information suggests most hate crimes take place in public places, especially food outlets, supermarkets and shops.
A ‘no hate crime’ charter mark which will identify businesses which have signed the charter.
Visit www.reporthatenow.com to report hate crime and www.equipequality.org.uk for more details on the charity.