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REC promotes industry role to CBI Equality Forum

REC promotes industry role to CBI Equality Forum

The CBI Equality and Diversity Forum provided the latest update on the forthcoming Equality Bill and highlighted business opportunities for agencies who are ahead of the game in this area.

The CBI Forum is made up of leading employers as well as some of the UK's largest trade bodies such as the REC and the British Retail Consortium. The latest meeting also included a presentation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Commenting on the outcome, REC Director of External Relations Tom Hadley says:
"It is crucial for us to hear first hand what some of the UK's largest employers are doing in terms of diversity and equality and what they expect from their recruitment providers. There is increasing recognition for the pivotal role that the industry can play in helping business to deliver their strategies and it is clear that the Equality Bill will ramp things up a notch or two. The reality is that recruitment procedures that fully embrace diversity and equality requirements are just good recruitment.

Discussions at the CBI Forum highlighted the increasingly pro-active role that public procurement will play in driving the equality and diversity agenda through the supply chain.

Commenting on this key issue for recruiters, Hadley concludes: Despite some of the rhetoric, the feedback from recruiters supplying into the public sector is that most tenders have maintained a tokenistic approach to diversity requirements. The fact that more onus will now be placed on procurement departments to promote this agenda through the supply chain will support our key message that cost control priorities must be balanced with a focus on the quality of service and added value that professional recruiters provide.

The REC was invited to become a member of the CBI Equality and Diversity Forum in 2OO6. The RECs own Diversity and Inclusion Forum meets on a quarterly basis and bring together recruiters and key stakeholders in this field. A commitment to equality and diversity is one of the key principles of the REC Code of Practice.

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