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As a public body, listed in the Equality Act 2010, we are required to publish one or more equality objectives every 4 years.
Through this consultation, we are asking for your views on our proposed equality objectives. We will carefully consider all responses and use your feedback to inform our final equality objectives, which will be published in autumn 2016.
Why we are we consulting on our equality objectives
Although the HCA is legally required to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duties we are not required to consult with others to identify them. But we are committed to going beyond our obligations in cases where we believe it will enhance our performance. In 2012, we took the decision to consult on our current equality objectives and will do so again because we believe that it is the right thing to do.
We are committed to achieving transparency in our approach to equality and will show how we have used feedback from this consultation to inform our objectives. These will form the body of work we intend to deliver over the next four years and will be captured within a new diversity strategy that which will be published in autumn.
The document will detail 5 distinct equality objectives that relate to our relevant functions as an employer, investor, enabling body and regulator. We have aimed to demonstrate why we believe that these draft equality objectives are important to us in our commitment to being an employer of choice for people of all backgrounds. And we have taken care to set out those objectives within the wider sector that we believe are deliverable, based on our role and remit which has continued to evolve since we published our last objectives in 2012.
Further information about our draft objectives and why we have chosen them can be found in the HCA equality objectives 2016 to 2020 consultation document along with a link to our survey that will run for 12 weeks.