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A call for evidence has been launched by the British Chambers of Commerce Workplace Equity Commission, urging businesses, stakeholders and interested parties to contribute towards making change happen.

The commission includes representatives from the UK and international chamber networks, business leaders and experts from across civic society. Meeting regularly over the next 12 months, the group will produce practical recommendations to help SMEs create more fair and equitable workplaces.

The Commission defines workplace equity as creating a level playing field for individuals, recognising that we do not all start from the same place and that adjustments may be required to provide fair access to opportunity.

The inquiry considers workplace equity from the perspective of SMEs across all sectors and geographies in the United Kingdom.
The focus is on workplace equity for everyone in work, and those wishing to access work.

Businesses, individuals and organisations with views and experience are being encouraged to contribute to the research.

The Commission is part of the BCC’s three-year workplace equity campaign, the inspiration for which came from the findings of the BCC International Women’s Day research, published last March, that surveyed 4,000 people. The research found that many people are facing barriers to career progression and feel they are missing out on opportunities.

The Commission aims to produce practical recommendations for employers. There will also be policy recommendations for government. The Chamber wants to help SMEs create a level playing field in the workplace and resolve recruitment difficulties.

The call for evidence in open now until 16th February 2024.

Full details can be found online on the People and Work section of the BCC website here.

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