14 October 2009
Age audits 'would help tackle discrimination'
If employers were forced to produce annual reports containing a breakdown of the age of their workers, there would be less discrimination based on how old people are.
This is according to Chris Ball, chief executive of The Age and Employment Network (TAEN), who told Personnel Today that age audits should be mandatory.
He said: "It's a simple matter for many organisations to report, in their annual reports, what they have achieved in terms of age equality and the age breakdown of their workforces."
According to the expert, this would not be difficult for firms to do and it would help them to focus on age equality.
Mr Ball suggested that the audits should start with FTSE 100 companies.
A non-profit organisation, TAEN works in conjunction with Age Concern and Help the Aged and it aims to remove age barriers to employment by advocating the implementation of effective management policies.
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