Equality and diversity

HIE's approach to equality and diversity

HIE want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.

We recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and aim to make our services and assistance available to all.

Equality and diversity is a key component of good management, as well as being legally, required, socially desirable and morally right.

We are committed to maintaining a culture which recognises and rewards individual achievement and merit regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation as well as working pattern, full-time or part-time, and contract status, permanent or fixed term.

Under public sector equality duty, HIE has a general duty to have due regard and the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful conduct, which is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity across relevant protected characteristics
  • Foster good relations across relevant protected characteristics.

HIE proactively considers equality when carrying out work by mainstreaming it into our core business. It is not a marginal activity but a key component of what we do.

We also continue to develop a robust evidence base of equality data, both in relation to the delivery of our functions and regarding how we act as an employer. This includes extending arrangements for consultation and involvement to ensure that we take into account the views of people affected by delivery of our functions.

We have published a suite of equality outcomes alongside our Operating Plan. The outcomes articulate how we can maximise our strategic impact through realising economic, social and community benefits for particular groups of people.

The HIE Board - 50:50 by 2020

HIE is committed to the Scottish Government's aspiration for public sector boards to comprise equal numbers of men and women, known as '50:50 by 2020'.  

At the left of this page, you can view videos from an event we supported in May 2015, organised by Changing the Chemistry, which was specifically designed to encourage more women to apply for board positions in the public, private and third sectors across Scotland.




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