EDF Seminar 6: Delivering equality: the case for a single outcomes focussed equality duty

This seminar considered whether the framing of the existing equality duties and arrangements for implementation are optimal for delivering equality outcomes, and the implications of replacing the existing duties with a single positive duty to promote equality covering age, religion and belief and sexual orientation in addition to the existing grounds.

Speakers at the seminar were Sarah Spencer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum, and Professor Sandra Fredman from Oxford University.

The EDF would like to thank the Practical Law Company for hosting the seminar.

Click here for seminar discussion note

Click here for presentation by Sarah Spencer and Sandra Fredman

Click here for final version of paper submitted to the Cabinet Office Equality Review and to the Discrimination Law Review in June 2006

EDF Seminar 5: Can Procurement be used to promote equality?

This seminar discussed the use of procurement to promote equality, giving consideration to recent UK and international experience, with specific consideration of the experience of London’s transport services.

Speakers at the seminar were Professor Christopher McCrudden from Oxford University and Valerie Todd from Transport for London.

The EDF would like to thank the GLA for supporting the seminar and providing the venue.

Click here for presentation by Christopher McCrudden

Click here for paper by Christopher McCrudden

Click here for seminar discussion note

EDF Seminar 4: Discrimination in the Private Sector

This seminar considered what different measures might be introduced to promote equality in the private sector; whether current laws are effective in driving good practice and whether more positive incentives are needed to secure effective change management in this sector.

Speakers at the seminar were Caroline Waters from the BT Group and Victoria Secretan who works with the Corporate Responsibility Group.

The EDF would like to thank BT for providing the venue for this seminar.

Seminar papers:
Presentation by Caroline Waters
Seminar note

Related links:
Best Practice Reporting on Gender Equality in the UK: Data. Drivers and Reporting Choices by Kate Grosser and Jeremy Moon. Research Paper Series. International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). University of Nottingham.

ICCSR have published two related papers: ‘Gender Mainstreaming and Corporate Social Responsibility: Reporting Workplace Issues’, Journal of Business Ethics (2005) 62: 327-340 and ‘The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Gender Mainstreaming’, International Feminist Journal of Politics. 7:4 December 2005. 532-554.

EDF Seminar 3: Dealing with Difference in Equality Law

This seminar considered how equality law can be framed to reflect the increased focus on diversity alongside equality. How can the law shift from its predominant focus on treating everyone the same to an approach which also respects the need for different treatment at times and how do the concepts of ‘reasonable adjustment’ and indirect discrimination fit here?

Speakers at the seminar were Canadian lawyer and disability specialist Patricia Bregman and Robin Allen QC.

The EDF would like to thank Simmons and Simmons for providing the venue for the seminar.

Seminar papers:
Paper by Robin Allen QC 
Seminar note

Related Links:
Paper by Gay Moon, JUSTICE