This report sets out the findings from a systematic review of the literature on the business case for equality and diversity. It was commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO).
The report aims to:
improve understanding of theoretical positions and issues related to the business case for equality and diversity
develop a consistent framework for assessing evidence on the business case
within this framework, review the evidence
create a compendium of the evidence
The research assesses the most robust evidence, draw implications from the findings and present a dispassionate picture of the evidence identifying gaps and conflicting messages. The report looks at diversity in terms of ‘protected characteristics’ that are defined in the Equality Act 2010.