Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)?

  • it is a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010
  • it is a way of making sure public bodies, including the Civil Service, take account of equality in their day to day work
  • the duty is to consider the impact of policies on people who share protected characteristics

Organisations are asked to determine their own equality objectives and review every 4 years.

Equality Objectives

Crown Commercial Service is committed to the Civil Service ambition to become the UK’s most inclusive employer and we will continue to:

  • increase the representation of currently under-represented groups to make Crown Commercial Service more diverse
  • build an inclusive environment, where colleagues are able to be themselves at work and feel supported, empowered, valued, respected, fairly treated and able to achieve their full potential

These aims are reinforced by our Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2020-2025, which has the following key elements:

  • representation – ensuring that CCS’s workforce is representative of the diversity of modern British society
  • inclusion – refers to the behaviours and social norms that ensure people feel that they belong
  • networks – our formal staff networks, which are set up internally to represent groups of employees with a specific characteristic

As an inclusive employer we will not tolerate discrimination. Our HR policies are fully inclusive of all staff regardless of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

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