Cinesite stands for inclusion, equality, and equity for all. We are an equal opportunity employer.

We strive to build the world we want to see within our own studios and industry at large. We’re not all the same. And that’s our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think. Because to create images and stories that serve everyone, we believe in including everyone.

Below is our commitment to our crew, partners and clients along with the initiatives we are undertaking in our studios.

Cinesite Initiatives: 

ACCESS VFX

Cinesite is a proud member of Access VFX, a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries.

It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment. 

The Access VFX  e-mentoring platform has 405 mentees signups. 68% of are from non-white backgrounds or female. The organisation only has 227 industry mentors signed-up. This is a massive imbalance. Do a good thing today. Become an Access VFX mentor. Sign up here – https://accessvfx.org/mentors

COLLECTIVE BUNCH

Cinesite Vancouver, in partnership with Collective Bunch, is working to create a place of community and connection within screen-based industries in Vancouver, BC Canada. The mission of the collective is to elevate diverse voices and role models, decrease cultural bias and create a film production and creative industry that is more inclusive, understanding, and reflective of Vancouver’s culturally rich demographic.

We are thrilled to be supporting this mission. You can learn more here

WOMEN IN VFX & ANIMATION

We foster and encourage an inclusive approach by everyone who works with us and we’re constantly reviewing our practises and policies to make sure we’re doing the best we can.  We respect the work-life balance (not just family life but work-personal life) and are working to offer more flexibility to employees. Here are some of the ways we support women:

  • Flexible hours to allow parents time to drop off/pick up children from school
  • Flexible working during pregnancy, to avoid rush hours, or working remotely where possible
  • Comprehensive and generous maternity policies in all divisions
  • Crucially, we have processes and policies in place to ensure pay equity. In a male-dominated industry, we continue to work towards total gender equality and a 50/50 male to female/female-identifying work ratio. There is always more that we can do and we continue to reflect on where we can improve.
  • Cinesite is a proud supporter of Women In Animation – WIA

AFROANIMATION SUMMIT

In line with our studios wider equity and inclusion objectives Cinesite is a sponsor of the AfroAnimation Summit which aims to move diversity forward in the animation industry. Through this partnership, Cinesite and the Afro Animation Summit will strive to:

  • Support amazing animation stories created by Black/African/Brown creators.
  • Offer networking opportunities with black counterparts worldwide.
  • Provide a platform for black creative talent.

We’re looking forward to gaining insights from a wide variety and diverse black-ground of thought-leaders, illustrators, creators, designers, developers, and more.

For more information about the collaboration and summit, please visit: www.afroanimation.com

HEALTH ASSURED

Cinesite London, in partnership with Health Assured, offers all its staff access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) delivered by Health Assured. This confidential employee benefit is designed to help our staff deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting their home life or work life, health, and general wellbeing.

Services Available

  • Life support: Access to counselling for emotional problems and a pathway to structured therapy sessions (employees only) at your convenience.
  • Legal information: For issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, consumer, property or neighbour disputes (employees only).
  • Bereavement support: Health Assured offers qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief plus legal advisors to help with related legal matters.
  • Medical information: Qualified nurses are on hand to offer support on a range of medical or health-related issues offering practical information and advice.
  • Online CBT: We recognise the value of self-help tools in dealing with a range of issues, which is why we have a range of CBT self-help modules, informative fact sheets and invaluable advice videos from leading qualified counsellors.

LGBTQIA2S+

Cinesite is developing and implementing policies and practices that are more inclusive of our LGBTQIA2S+ community. Some of our current initiatives across our studios include:

  • Optional pronouns in email signatures:
    • Sharing of pronouns invites acknowledgement of gender identity
    • Sharing of pronouns normalizes pronoun usage throughout our organization
    • Sharing of pronouns creates a safe environment for vulnerable members of our community to share their gender identity
    • Sharing of pronouns curtails any assumptions around the gender identity of others
  • Gender neutral washrooms
  • Queer competency training
  • Respectful workplace training
  • Policies written through an LGBTQ lens
  • Support of QMUNITY and the IDAHOT breakfast

NEURO DIVERSITY

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about.Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. Most people are neurotypical, meaning that the brain functions and processes information in the way society expects.

 

However, it is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently. Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

 

We’ve partnered with Inflow ADHD – a digital program designed to help people reach their full potential by improving executive functioning and managing challenges associated with ADHD. This programme is open regionally to our employees.

The Inflow program will give our employees free access to the following:

  • Short daily exercises to improve their executive functioning
  • Live weekly events with psychologists & coaches where they can get any questions answered 
  • Challenges to support the development of helpful & productive habits
  • Community of like-minded individuals.
  • Interactive journaling & prioritization tools.

Cinesite will always make reasonable adjustments across our studios and the individual’s role that will remove or minimise any disadvantage to them.

Cinesite will always make reasonable adjustments across our studios and the individual’s role that will remove or minimise any disadvantage to them.

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS 

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against or treat someone unfairly because of religion or belief, or their lack of religion or belief. Cinesite employees are given a safe place to practice their religious beliefs and they are protected from discrimination at all stages of employment including recruitment, workplace terms and conditions and dismissal.

Features of the protected characteristic of religion or belief include:

  • Employees are protected against discrimination because they have a religious faith or a philosophical belief, as well as because they don’t
  • No one religion or branch of a religion overrides another 
  • A philosophical belief must meet certain conditions including being a weighty and substantial aspect of human life, worthy of respect in a democratic society and not conflicting with the fundamental rights of others
  • All protected beliefs are equal – whether religious or philosophical.

Resources

We are continuously striving to learn more about the issues that impact our global community.

For a list of resources that we use in our own learning click here.

Meet Cinesite’s Group Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Specialist Sara Martin

Responsible for creating a global strategy and implementing innovative plans to drive equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the different Cinesite Group studios, Sara Martin sits down with us for a chat on the importance of her role at Cinesite and within the industry. Read her interview here.