Research and analysis
The business case for equality and diversity: a survey of the academic literature
Looks at the evidence for the business case for equality and diversity in private sector organisations.
Ref: BIS/13/556 PDF, 674KB, 67 pages
The business case for equality and diversity: a survey of the academic literature - executive summary
Ref: BIS/13/556ES PDF, 164KB, 7 pages
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.