Runnymede report: ‘Snowy Peaks’

The Runnymede logo.

‘Snowy Peaks: Ethnic Diversity at the Top’ by Veena Vasista was published by Runnymede in November 2010.

In January 2010, Lloyds Banking Group commissioned the Runnymede Trust to conduct research and make recommendations on how it can ensure greater ethnic diversity in its top tiers. This report identifies key challenges and opportunities arising from efforts to grow diversity. Its purpose is to engender considered thought and debate on leadership and commitment to building workplace cultures rooted in diversity and inclusion.

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EU report on multiple discrimination

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

On 2 February 2011, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the EU-MIDIS Data in Focus Report: ‘Multiple Discrimination’.

It is the fifth in a series of ‘Data in Focus’ publications, drawn from the FRA’s European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS).

The findings reveal that:

  • Those from ethnic minorities are on average almost five times more likely to experience multiple discrimination than those from the majority population.
  • Those on a low income are more likely to experience multiple discrimination.
  • Young men from ethnic minorities report high levels of discrimination.

The report calls for the strengthening of the legislative framework through the adoption of the ‘Horizontal’ Directive, currently being negotiated in the Council. It also encourages equality bodies to deal with complaints of multiple discrimination as single, unified cases.

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Click here for information about EU-MIDIS

Publication on ‘Race and equality JSNAs’

In November 2010, Local Government Improvement and Development published ‘Culturally responsive JSNAs: a review of race equality and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) practice’.

This publication, produced by Race for Health and Shared Intelligence and commissioned by the Department of Health, explores approaches taken within different JSNAs to understanding race equality in health and healthcare.

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MRN report on undocumented migrants

Migrants Rights Network

On 15 December 2010, the Migrants’ Rights Network published ‘Hope costs nothing: lives of undocumented migrants in the UK’.

The report ‘aims to give a voice to undocumented migrants in hope to alter the perceptions held by policy-makers, media, and the host community.

Above all the first-hand accounts of migration and clandestine life aim to reinforce the message that people without legal status have the same human individuality and dignity as the rest of us’.

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All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism: Three years on progress report

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On 15 December 2010, the Government published its three years on progress report in response to the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism. The response provides a three-year update based on the five themes in the original inquiry report from September 2006. It covers antisemitic incidents, discourse, sources of contemporary antisemitism, antisemitism on campus and addressing antisemitism.

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EDF conference and report on workplace equality

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‘Workplace equality – turning policy into practice’, a report by Frances McAndrew for the Equality and Diversity Forum, was launched at a conference in London on 25 November 2010.

The Conference was attended by more than 100 people from a range of sectors: employers, employees, trade unions, local authorities, health providers, equality NGOs, legal practitioners and others.

The event was chaired by Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith with a panel commenting on the report before open discussion with participants. Panel members were: Alan Christie, Director of Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission; Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC; Dianah Worman, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; and Andy Kent FIMI, Managing Director, Andy’s Kars Ltd.

Jerry Gibson from Acas closed the conference with a summary of some of its emergent themes and some final causes for optimism about tackling workplace discrimination: the Equality Act 2010 and the potential it brings; the shifting focus towards providing basic skills training and support for managers; and the appetite for learning about new legislation that Acas sees among many organisations.

The conference and report were the culmination of a project to narrow the gap between equality laws and the reality of workplace experiences. The project was supported by PROGRESS, the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity.

Click here for presentation by Frances McAndrew

Click here for report ‘Workplace equality – turning policy into practice’

Click here to watch a video of edited highlights from the conference

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