Mainstreaming equality report
The purpose of this report is to fulfil RoS's obligation to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the duty to report on Mainstreaming Equality and publish equality outcomes by 30 April 2017.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced the duties relating to race, disability and gender with a single Equality Duty offering protection to people based on the following 9 protected characteristics
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage & Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy & Maternity
- Religion & Belief
- Sexual Orientation
The Equality Act 2010 also introduced new duties for the public sector in Scotland. The general duty requires Scottish public authorities to pay 'due regard' to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment 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 person who do not share it; and
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share.
The (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 place the following requirements on all Scottish Public authorities:
- Duty to report progress on mainstreaming the equality duty
- Duty to publish equality outcomes and report progress
- Duty to assess and review policies and practices
- Duty to gather and use employee information
- Duty to publish gender pay gap information
- Duty to publish statements on equal pay, etc.
- Duty to consider award criteria and conditions in relation to public procurement
- Duty to publish in a manner that is accessible, etc.
Diversity and Equality Statement
RoS is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of the diverse communities we serve and each employee feels respected and able to give of their best. We aim to eliminate discrimination and unfair treatment on the grounds of irrelevant difference, including those nine characteristics that are protected by the law.