Equality at sportscotland

sportscotland strives to ensure, through our collaboration with partners, that every person in Scotland has opportunities in sport. We are also committed to embedding a culture of equality and diversity in our organisation and ensuring that all employees are treated fairly, without discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

sportscotland is committed to meeting its requirements under the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 states that public bodies must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The Act is supported by more specific duties for Scottish public bodies in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

Equality outcomes

In April 2013 we published four equality outcomes:

  • Awareness: Awareness is increased around the needs of people who share protected characteristics that are under-represented in sport
  • Skills and knowledge: The sporting workforce has the appropriate skills and knowledge to address inequalities in sport
  • Workforce diversity: People participating in sport are supported by a diverse sporting workforce
  • Opportunities: Equality of opportunity to participate, progress and achieve in sport is advanced

Equality reporting

Every two years we are required to report on equality mainstreaming, employee information and progress against our equality outcomes.

The equality reporting page includes reports from 2013 and 2015, which set out the following:

  • The progress we have made embedding and mainstreaming equality considerations into ways of working at sportscotland
  • Updates on where we are with our published equality outcomes and the steps we are taking to develop these further
  • Our staff equality profile
  • Details of our gender pay gap and our statement of equal pay.  

Equality impact assessments

sportscotland assesses the impact of its policies and practices against the needs of the General Equality Duty.

Impact assessments involve considering evidence relating to people who share relevant protected characteristics and developing actions to take account of the results. Our impact assessments are regularly reviewed as policies and practices change or are updated.  

We publish impact assessments as they are completed.

  • Date published: 01 October 2013
  • Date updated: 30 April 2015
  • Published by: sportscotland