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As a non-departmental public body (NDPB) we have duties under the Equality Act 2010.

We have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

More information about this Public Sector Equality Duty is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website.

The legislation also sets out specific duties, including the following.

  • To publish a set of equality outcomes by 2013 and to report progress every following two years
  • To report progress on mainstreaming the equality duty by 2013 and every following two years.

The Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Progress Report 2019 sets out our approach and demonstrates how we aim to consider equality in everything we do.

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)

An EIA helps us to make sure our policies, and the way we carry them out, do what they are intended to and for everybody. An EIA systematically assesses the likely or actual effects of policies on people in respect of disability, racial equality and gender, including gender identity. You can find our EIAs in the publication section.

Fair Work

The goal of the Fair Work Framework is to ensure that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society.

The SSSC can support this vision by ensuring the fair work values run through the organisation and embedding fair working practices into everything we do. We are committed to building a Scotland which champions fair work practices and a diverse workforce.