Press release

Roundtable held at Number 10 to tackle discrimination

David Cameron hosted a roundtable to discuss encouraging organisations to recruit on a ‘name blind’ basis to address discrimination.

David Cameron chairs a roundtable at 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minister hosted a roundtable with organisations from across the public and private sector, together responsible for employing 1.8 million people in the UK.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister set out his determination to end discrimination and finish the fight for equality with attendees from the leading graduate employers. The attendees discussed how name blind recruitment can help young people from all backgrounds get their foot in the door.

Brett Wigdortz, Teach First CEO (one of the biggest graduate employers), explained how successful blind recruitment had been in getting the best graduate talent into Teach First from a diverse background.

The need to work with small and medium enterprises to recruit a more diverse workforce was also raised, as well as the importance of using data to understand the problems in the recruitment process.

The roundtable attendees also discussed plans to encourage more women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to move up in organisations and the need for role models to help develop talent.

The issue of the diversity of senior leadership was discussed and how to encourage the next generation of

In closing the roundtable the Prime Minister summed up that, while there is no one solution, today’s announcement of name-blind recruitment was another step towards tackling discrimination.

View a list of roundtable attendees

Roundtable attendees

Published 26 October 2015