Skip to main content

COVID-19 Update: In line with government advice, we are working from home and our physical office is now closed. As a result we only have intermittent access to postal deliveries. Please avoid sending us anything by post. Instead email or phone us or use our website

Investigating complaints

We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists.

Make a complaintHow we investigate

Regulating public appointments

We regulate and monitor how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland, and promote diversity.

Public appointmentsGood practice case studies

About the Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Commissioner and their team work within their remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland.

More about us


What's new


Public appointments


Updated Unacceptable Behaviour Policy

The Commissioner has recently updated their Unacceptable Behaviour Policy which defines unacceptable or unreasonable behaviour by those who interact with the work of the Commissioner. 

Public Appointments Annual Report 2020-21

The Commissioner recently published their Public Appointments Annual Report which covers our work on public appointments during the 2020/21 year. 

New Strategic and Business Plans

We have recently published our Strategic Plan which outlines the Commissioner's key objectives for the four-year period from April 2020 to March 2024 and our Biennial Business Plan which details how the Commissioner will work to achieve its strategic objectives during the period April 2021 to March 2023. 





Diversity in public appointments

Do you understand the difference that diversity makes in public appointments? Our page on promoting diversity might help.




Updated HR Policies

We have recently updated our suite of HR policies. These cover a range of topics such as conduct, remote working and equality, diversity and inclusion Policy and are available in the publications section.