14 September 2011
Leading companies commit to govt's new equality scheme
A number of leading organisations have committed themselves to new voluntary equality targets in terms of their employment policies, it has emerged.
The government's Think, Act, Report scheme has been specifically designed to help enhance the level of transparency within the professional sector in terms of the way in which firms are going about tackling issues such as discrimination and inequality.
And large companies such as BT and Tesco have decided to sign up for the programme, meaning they will provide the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance with details of their internal practices.
Theresa May, home secretary and minister for women and equalities, noted this development represents a "positive step towards greater transparency" that will help close the gender pay gap.
"Equality of opportunity is vital to building a strong, modern economy that can draw on the talents of everyone," she added.
Earlier this year, Lord Davies produced a report in which he recommended that all FTSE 100 companies should have targets in terms of their female board representation.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson