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Our strategic plan

Our vision

We live in a country with a long history of upholding people's rights, valuing diversity and challenging intolerance.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission seeks to maintain and strengthen this heritage while identifying and tackling areas where there is still unfair discrimination or where human rights are not being respected. 

Our ways of working:

  • catalyst
  • informer
  • influencer
  • evaluator
  • enforcer

Read our strategic plan 2016 to 2019

Our strategic plan sets out our four strategic objectives for 2016 to 2019, which are:

  • significant impact: to secure advances in equality and human rights in priority areas
  • a strong evidence base: to provide authoritative analysis and insight
  • sustainable infrastructure: to ensure an effective and sustainable infrastructure to protect rights in practice
  • improved capability: to be an expert, independent and authoritative national body

Our business plan sets out in more detail the coming year’s work programme in support of our aims, what we want to achieve and how we plan to do it.

Download our strategic plan 

Alongside our strategic plan, we have published an analysis of its equality and human rights implications, and a report on the outcome of the consultation.

Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, said:

"The Commission must be a strong and independent expert body that drives change to make Britain fairer, tackles discrimination, and promotes equality of opportunity and human rights.

“This strategic plan sets out an ambitious programme of work over the next three years that will improve the lives of people across Britain.

“It underlines our commitment to bring about change and puts a particular emphasis on driving further improvements where national governments must do more to deliver the speed of progress required.

"The Commission will continue to work with other organisations and individuals to secure change, but is also ready to take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.”

Strategic plan infographic

Our strategic plan objectives infographic

Strategic objective 1: significant impact

  • Access to justice and treatment in the criminal justice system
  • Citizenship and democracy
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health and social care
  • Identity-based prejudice and violence
  • Liberty and freedom from harm
  • Standard of living and personal autonomy

Strategic objective 2: a strong evidence base

  • Monitoring societal progress in relation to equality and human rights
  • Reviewing our measurement frameworks
  • Filling ‘data gaps’
  • Developing levers for change

Strategic objective 3: sustainable infrastructure

  • Advice and analysis on any proposed change to the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Human rights education and promotion
  • Exploring how the Commission could reduce barriers to justice
  • Providing Codes of Practice and guidance
  • Strategic litigation
  • Promoting implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duty across three nations
  • Fulfilling our NHRI and equality body role

Strategic objective 4: improved capability

  • Implementing our ‘Great Place Plan’
  • Improving our organisational culture, skills and expertise, and employment practices
  • Investing in communications

Last updated: 24 Aug 2017