Sightsavers’ performance review process was updated in 2017, with a new Valuing Individual Performance system introduced. This was developed in a consultative process, and will see staff undergo formal development reviews every 12 months, with reviews conducted on a rolling basis. Sightsavers’ 2018 employee survey includes questions relating to performance management, which are hoped to provide insight into how staff engage with the new process compared to the old system.
In terms of ensuring a safe working environment, relevant policies include global policies on Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment, Physical Security, and Equality and Diversity. The policies appear to be comprehensive and sound, covering a broad range of behavior, including examples, and making clear that harassment may include behaviours beyond those explicitly stated. Informal as well as formal procedures for resolving complaints are outlined, with reference to the Global Grievance and Whistleblowing policies and procedures; these state employees’ right to raise concerns without fear of retribution. The Panel would also be interested in seeing the Code of Conduct mentioned earlier in the report, and suggests this be made available on Sightsavers’ website.