Employers Forum on Disability chief warns of diversity distraction

source: onrec.com

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Results from the Employers' Disability Standard 2007 survey, to be released on 2 November by Employers' Forum on Disability (EFD), show that many employers are failing their disabled employees to concentrate instead on diversity.

Evidence provided in the survey by UK businesses employing around two million people, shows that disability specific goals are suffering because of general diversity policy.

A month after the Equality and Human Rights Commission replaced the Disability Rights Commission, along with the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality, EFD chief executive Susan Scott-Parker warned of the ‘diversity distraction’.

Scott-Parker said: “The Disability Standard shows that too often employers approach the concept of diversity, rather than concentrating on becoming disability confident.

“There is little evidence that diversity branded messages encourage commitment to disability equality.

“We believe that the diversity ‘brand’ is proving in many cases to be a distraction, preventing employers from taking specific disability related actions and causing disabled people to lose out at work.”

Posted by, Asif Yusuf



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