We are not just internally focussed. We are conscious of the effect our policies and decisions might have, in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty and how we are able to use our role as the regulator to effect positive change in a wide range of areas. Examples include our work with airports on ranking accessibility for disabled passengers, raising awareness for Hajj travellers about unlawful travel agents and leading aviation regulatory changes that have enabled pilots with certain medical conditions to keep flying.
While undertaking our role as the civil aviation regulator for the UK, the Public Sector Equality Duty requires the CAA to have due regard to:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic* and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic* and those who do not.
We expect organisations that we regulate to consider how they contribute to this and to be proactive in achieving these objectives.
Having due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity involves considering the need to:
- Remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Meet the needs of people with protected characteristics; and
- Encourage people with protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is low.
Fostering good relations involves tackling prejudice and promoting understanding between people who share a protected characteristic and others.
*The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) covers nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment,
- Marriage and civil partnership,
- Pregnancy and maternity,
- Religion or belief,
- Sexual orientation.
Further information can be found within the Equality Act 2010 and the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of the European Parliament.