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Delivering the Equality Duty in Acas

The Equality Duty requires public bodies or organisations carrying out public functions to give "due regard" and consider equality in their day to day work in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. Acas is covered by this Duty.

The Equality Duty consists of a General Duty and a Specific Duty.

The General Duty is the main and key component of the Duty and is built around three aims which Acas must consider (give due regard) when carrying out its functions to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations.

The Specific duties are set by Parliament and relate to particular elements that organisations must do in order to help them deliver the all important General Duty, these are:

  • Publish information to show that they are complying with the Duty by 31 January 2012 and on annual basis after that;
  • Prepare and publish equality objectives by 6 April 2012 to show how they intend to achieve the three aims of the general duty, and revisit every four years after that.

Complying with the equality duty is not an end in itself. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement. The following pages set out how we have shown due regard to equality in what we do.

We aim to be transparent in how we deliver our equality duty, so if you like more information about any aspect of this, please get in touch with our Equality manager, Zoe Thomas.