Government report dispels myth that business believes equality act is a burden or red tape

03 December 2012

The Commission has welcomed a report from the Government Equalities Office, which dispels the myth that businesses believe the Equality Act adds to unnecessary red tape.

In the report, feedback from the business community shows that 90 percent of businesses surveyed support equality in the workplace as a benefit rather than a bureaucratic burden.

Mark Hammond, CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

'Following equality and human rights practice makes good business sense as it ensures that both employers and employees benefit from a fairer and more transparent workplace. This means a more productive workforce and a business that performs well.'

'To help ensure every business is aware of the Equality Act, the Commission provides advice and guidance that explains simply what it means and how it can work for employers. The Commission has helped hundreds of businesses take the necessary steps to ensure they do what the need to under the Act.'

'The survey shows that smaller companies are looking for more help and we will be looking at what we can do to provide this.'

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Notes to editors

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act and is recognised by the UN as an 'A status' National Human Rights Institute. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.