Charity Commission consults on unifying its diversity policy

'Single equality scheme' developed in line with provisions of Equality Bill

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on its diversity policy.

The commission has developed a "single equality scheme" in line with provisions in the Equality Bill, which is at the report stage in the House of Commons, requiring all public bodies to unify their various equality duties into one scheme.

The regulator says it is important to consult on the scheme because, unlike previous internally focused equality initiatives, it deals with the way the commission treats charities and members of the public.

Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, said: "We think it is important that we reflect in our scheme diversity standards that are promoted on a day to day basis by charities we regulate."

She said the commission had already carried out an equality pay audit, become a Stonewall champion and introduced new diversity monitoring procedures and diversity champions, including on the board. It would use recruitment initiatives to increase its diversity, she added.

The consultation closes on 9 October.

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