FOI20/21 192 Equalities

Date published: 02/03/2021

FOI reference: FOI20/21 192

Date received: 04/02/2021

Date responded: 02/03/2021

Information requested

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a "Stonewall Diversity Champion" or to be included on Stonewall's "Workplace Equality Index," including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.


  1. SQA renewed its membership to the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme in 2019 and 2020.
  2. SQA did not receive any feedback from Stonewall following renewal of our Diversity Champions Membership.
  3. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a right of access to information and not a right of access to copies of specific documents.   SQA has indicated above that we have had no feedback from Stonewall regarding our membership.   You have not specified what information you require communications in connection with.  As part of our membership fee SQA receives on an ongoing basis communications as part of their support under this contract covering a wide range of information.   
  4. SQA are committed to reviewing our memberships and accreditations and look at both their desirability to SQA and how they align with our strategic priorities.  We did not complete an equality impact assessment to inform our decision to renew our Diversity Champion membership.
  5. We paid £3000 in 2019 and £3000 in 2020 for SQA's membership to the Stonewall Scotland's Diversity Champions Programme.
  6. SQA has taken the decision to renew its membership as a Stonewall Diversity Champion for 2021.