Affirmative Action Program (AAP)
An Affirmative Action Program is more than a written document through which management assures that all persons have equal opportunities in recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, discipline and related employment areas. The program is tailored to the employer's work force and the skills available in the labor force. It prescribes specific actions, goals, responsibilities and describes resources to meet identified needs. The program is a comprehensive results-oriented evaluation and assessment process designed to achieve equal employment opportunity rather than merely to assure nondiscrimination.
- Affirmative Action is a continuous program of positive actions designed to undo the present effects of past discrimination.
- It is a set of specific and results-oriented procedures that the organization commits to apply to every good faith effort in the provision of opportunities in recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, discipline and related employment areas.
- It is not a quota system, but is good faith efforts to achieve tangible goals.
- It is not a program of preferential treatment but a program beneficial to all.
The Program: Required Contents of Affirmative Action Program
- Reaffirmation of President's Policy Statement
- Dissemination of Policy
- Responsibility for Implementation of Program
- Establishment of Goals and Objectives
- Development and Execution of Action Oriented programs
- Internal audit, analysis and reporting system
- Support of community action programs
- Evaluation and Assessment of areas where progress has not been made or where previous strategies have not proven successful
- Development of new or alternative strategies that may lead to positive results
- Annual Progress Report