Remit and responsibilities
In general terms our statutory remit provides that we are to:
- promote equality of opportunity and affirmative action
- work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination and harassment
- keep relevant legislation under review
- promote good relations between persons of different racial groups and good disability practice
- oversee the effectiveness of statutory equality duties on public authorities
This statutory framework enables us to:
- promote equality through a range of mechanisms (eg. by providing direct advice and support to individuals and organisations)
- produce publications and run conferences and seminars
- undertake research and educational activities
- influence policy makers
- assist individuals with complaints of discrimination under the law
- undertake investigations
- use a combination of our powers to encourage and to enforce changes to policy, practices and procedures in favour of greater equality.
Vision, mission and values
The Commission’s vision is simple, we want to see a society in Northern Ireland where there is:
- Fairness and equality for all.
We recognise of course that the translation of this vision into reality is not simple – it will require the sustained and committed efforts of many to achieve change, particularly change to the situation and experience of disadvantaged groups and individuals.
For our part, we are determined to respond to the challenge of achieving change and, to guide our work over the next period, we have set as our mission the ambition to:
- Improve people’s lives through the responsible and effective use of our powers.
We adhere to the following values:
- We challenge inequality actively, with impartiality, independence and integrity
- We act on a strong evidence base, ensuring an expert, relevant and responsive service to all
- We are open, honest and accountable in our work with others
- We are both leaders and partners in driving positive change