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"Talent not Tokenism” TUC and CBI publish joint report

It has been widely reported in the National press that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have published a joint report entitled “Talent not Tokenism”. The report is a collection of case studies providing examples of positive action in different business settings. The collaboration of both workplace organisms is a significant statement in the quest for workplace equality.

'Talent not Tokenism' was compiled with assistance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, it was designed to help businesses understand the benefits of workplace diversity without overcomplicating the issue. A launch event took place last night (3rd June) outside Centrepoint, London, speakers included director-general of the CBI, Richard Lambert; the general secretary of the TUC, Brendan Barber; Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission and the Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman.

Richard Lambert, director-general of the CBI, said: "Employers who take steps to encourage a more diverse workforce notice huge benefits from doing so, whether it is hiring skilled staff, understanding their customers' needs better or more fundamentally through improved morale and productivity.

"It does not have to be hard work or legally complex either - simply making the effort to work out your precise needs, reaching out as widely as you can then hiring, training or promoting the best person on merit."

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The need to unlock the talents of all – to create a truly representative workforce – is even more crucial at a time of economic uncertainty. The issue is not whether business can afford to diversify, but whether it can afford not to.

The CBI announcement can be accessed in full from the following link, there is also an attachment containing the report at this address

Click here for the full CBI announcement

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Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link

 

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