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Looking at equality and the Government announcement of the 200th organisation to sign up for its Think, Act, Report initiative
The Government announcement of the 200th organisation to sign up for its Think, Act, Report initiative has received a mixed response. The initiative is designed to encourage organisations to think more about gender equality and to consider whether equality is being given due weight when considering recruitment, retention, promotion and pay.
With 2.2 million employees now covered by the scheme the initiative should be opening up the equality debate, particularly given one of the key planks of the scheme is to openly publish pay and grade ratings. However, organisations are free to choose which elements of the scheme they adopt and this, so far, has resulted in just a handful of businesses openly publishing data.
Commenting on this lack of data a spokesperson told the Guardian “For many companies – especially those in traditionally male-dominated sectors – signing up is a positive first step.” In truth, whether data is published or not it is the attitude and culture displayed within organisations which will make a difference to all forms of equality in the long run. The role of leadership is to encourage people to work to their full potential. Every time an assumption is made about that potential by reason of gender or any other criteria other than individual merit, the culture of the organisation is tainted.
That the Government’s scheme is required at all is an indictment on our business culture. That in nearly three years just 200 organisations have signed up to the scheme speaks volumes about why equality is still an ongoing issue in many of our workplaces.