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Mountaineering Scotland believes that everyone has the right to take part in hill walking, climbing, mountaineering and ski touring, no matter what their background, beliefs, or level of experience. As part of our continuing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we are working on a number of initiatives to promote the principles of equality and inclusion in the work we do and within the mountaineering community.

Under the Equality Act (2010), private clubs and associations have a legal responsibility to ensure that members, associates, and guests are treated equally and do not experience any form of discrimination, harassment, or victimisation because of a protected characteristic.

Why do we need an update?

The current Equality Policy was approved by the Board of Mountaineering Scotland in January 2017 following the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2017 – 21 which embedded aims, actions and targets relating to equality in strategic and operational plans. A new strategic framework was adopted by the board on the 5th May 2022 which included updated aims and outcomes relating to equality, diversity and inclusion and identified a need to review and update the current policy.

In accordance with Appendix II-A-7 of the Company Manual titled “Procedure for the Development of Policies Binding on Members” and following the approval of the new policy by the board on the 8th of August 2022 the draft policy is now being published for consultation.

In proposing this update to the policy the intention of the board is to ensure that adequate provision is being made to ensure our individual and club members are protected against inappropriate behaviour, and to help our clubs meet the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act (2010). 

Give us your views

We are inviting members and stakeholder organisations to review and comment on the draft policy before it is tabled for approval at the AGM by completing a short survey which you can access here.

Download the draft policy (pdf)

Complete the consultation survey

The survey will be open until 5pm on Tues 4th Oct with a view to tabling any suggested amendments in a final draft at the AGM on 19th of November 2022