The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is Britain’s national equality body and a United Nations recognised ‘A’ status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). It upholds the Equality Act, and people’s human rights, working without fear or favour. It uses the full force of its legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. It advises on developing laws and providing guidance, training and support to enable compliance.
In its role as a regulator, the EHRC prevents and challenges unlawful acts and enable sectors and organisations to understand and meet their legal duties. It uses a range of regulatory tools to do this, from advising government to taking legal action.
It prides itself on being independent, authoritative and agile and its independence is protected in law. It work with employers, governments, regulators, charities and many other organisations to promote understanding of equality and human rights and compliance with the law, taking enforcement action when necessary. Its work is relevant to every part of, and every person in, Britain.
The EHRC's new strategy for 2022-25 gives it a strong platform to show that it will use its powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that it has identified the main challenges in society where it can make a difference in its role as a regulator in the coming years.
Further information about the EHRC can be found at its website.
EHRC's Scotland Committee
In Scotland, the EHRC's focus is on making the most of the opportunities presented by devolution and the distinctive legislative and policy framework in order to progress equality and human rights in Scotland.
The Committee provides informed, impartial and balanced perspectives on a range of sensitive and complex issues. It ensures that the Commission delivers its functions in a manner appropriate to Scotland and learns from the Scottish experience of equality and human rights. In its work on human rights, it works closely with the Scottish Human Rights Commission who have responsibility for human rights issues on devolved matters in Scotland.