Our Commitments

Find out what we are doing to become more inclusive, responsible, and accountable. These commitments are made with our staff, artists and audiences in mind, and are designed to improve access to opera and ballet for all.

Equality and Diversity

At the Royal Opera House, we believe that diversity is about making sure we can attract and develop talented people who bring more, precisely because of their different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and outlooks. It is important to recognise that our history is flawed and our record on diversity has been inconsistent. Making a difference requires systemic change, and we acknowledge that we must learn as we go.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Royal Opera House follows the Social Model of Disability, which recognises that people are disabled by physical and attitudinal barriers in society, not by their impairment. Understanding and removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control. In turn, this enables greater, fairer representation of disabled people within society.

Sustainability

The climate crisis is a critical issue. We recognise our global reach and status in the arts sector, and embrace our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact. In September 2021, we announced an ambitious target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2035 for Scopes 1 and 2, and committed to setting targets for Scope 3 emissions by 2025. Our aim is to act as a catalyst for positive change in the industry by making regular progress towards defined goals.

SAFEGUARDING

The Royal Opera House believes that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We recognise that the care, protection and welfare of children and young people is paramount and that these groups have the right to be protected from all types of harm. Our approach is underpinned by policy and procedures. 

Our Safeguarding Team are dedicated to ensuring that children and young people are carefully considered when planning events that involve or affect them. The Safeguarding team are based in Covent Garden and is made up of the Safeguarding Manager, Children’s Co-ordinator and a team of in-house chaperones.

Training is provided for teams working closely with children and young people, and we work in partnership with parents, schools, and organisations to ensure the children and young people’s best interests are always at the forefront of our work. Being part of a production is an exciting experience, but can also be daunting for young performers and their parents, so we have resources in place to help everyone.  

FREELANCE COMMUNITY CHARTER

The Royal Opera House believes firmly in promoting equal opportunities for all. This Charter is born out of our commitment to create a transparent way of engaging and working with the freelance community with the intention of promoting a positive workplace culture in which everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

NATIONAL IMPACT

We welcome audiences from across the world, engage with communities from Cornwall to Cumbria, and partner with over 150 UK organisations to ensure that individuals everywhere can enjoy ballet and opera. Our 2022/2023 Season includes 13 co-productions, co-commissions and partnerships, and we regularly welcome visiting companies from across the UK. It is increasingly clear that working in collaboration makes our art forms richer, more inclusive, and better reflective of a wide range of experiences.

CORPORATE POLICIES

The Royal Opera House aspires to the highest standards of corporate governance and seeks to embed best practice in a series of policies that apply to its staff, freelancers and contractors. You can find out what our current work entails by viewing our corporate policies below.

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