Baroness to lead review to combat discrimination

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
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BUSINESS Secretary Sajid Javid has promised to step up the fight against discrimination by launching a review into the factors that are stopping many people from BME (black and minority ethnic communities) from reaching the top.

Mr Javid has asked Baroness McGregor-Smith to lead a review which will look at the issues faced by businesses in developing the talents of BME people.

A Department for Business Innovation & Skills spokesman said: “The review will also consider the obstacles faced and the impacts these have on the individuals and the businesses themselves.”

The review will also look at the initiatives that have helped BME people achieve their potential in the workplace.

Mr Javid said: “I am committed to ending discrimination at work and extending opportunity to everyone regardless of their race, colour or religion. We have record employment, strong growth and rising wages but there is more to do to ensure everyone has the same chance to progress at work.

“This isn’t just the ‘right’ thing to do – harnessing the potential from the widest pool of talent you can makes absolute business sense for employers right across the UK.”

Baroness McGregor-Smith said: “We need to remove the barriers that for so long have restricted BME talent from reaching the most senior levels in business. These actions will deliver long-term economic benefits for the UK.”

Welcoming the announcement, CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, said “Baroness McGregor-Smith’s new review marks a positive step and companies stand ready to help identify and challenge the obstacles to all forms of talent progression in the workplace.”