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statistics and trends that speak for themselvesWe dont pretend
the elephant isnt there. We dont bury our heads in the sand. We
take it full on. Its perilous not to. Just look at these
It is estimated that age discrimination costs the economybetween
19 and 31 billion a year in lost output. Source: CIPD, 2007
Disability increases with age: 10% of adults aged 16-24
aredisabled, while one third of people between the age of 50 and
retirement age are disabled.
6% of the UK population is estimated to be gay, lesbian orbi
Recent staff opinion surveys and independent research
indicatethat LGB staff are more likely to experience harassment
atwork than heterosexual colleagues.
According to a report for the journal Equal OpportunitiesReview,
during 2006 4million was awarded in employmenttribunal payouts in
respect of claims brought in under equalitieslegislation covering,
disability, ethnicity, gender, faith and beliefand sexual
By 2011 only 18% of the UK workforce will be white, male, not
disabled, under 35 and heterosexual. To attract the best you can
simply not afford to leave barriers in place.
seeing the elephant: rigorous impact assessmentAmericans have an
expression, See the elephant. It means to see life or gain
experience and, as the oldadage goes, variety is the spice of life.
For us, thisvariety is human diversity.
This diversity, or difference, can be difficult to understand,
scary even. But itneednt be. Well help you see the elephant. And
our belief is that if youembrace it, your organisations performance
In fact, this is our speciality area. And first and foremost
were pragmatists. Wecan help you assess what impact your policies
and procedures have on yourpeople and your services and therefore
ultimately on your bottom line. Ours is apractical approach to
minimise risk, promote equality and deliver a realdifference.
help at hand
Your customers and staff dont come in just onesize. So, it makes
sense that one size doesnt fit allin the way things are done. But
how do we get itright for everyone?
Most of our clients tell us that they are not equipped to
effectively assess theimpact of their policies and procedures. They
get bogged down in paperworkand panic they might have missed
something. At the Board, people tell us theyare not that sure what
they are looking for when it comes to promoting equality.
Thats why we have developed a knowledge based impact assessment
tool forworkforce and service policies.
We combine this with a pragmatic approach, helping to develop
change agentswithin your organisation who will be equipped to
assess the impact of policiesrelevant to their area in the future.
Giving you the confidence, that put intopractice, your policies are
really helping your people achieve their potential and your
organisation improve performance.
the need to assess
An inclusive, knowledgeable workforce is thefoundation for
getting your services right, first time.
The need to assess the impact of policies and procedures is a
key requirementof the various public duties covering disability,
gender and race. It requiresthose who provide public services to
undertake a review of all existing policiesin order to identify any
adverse impact on equality and, at the same time,ensure that
promotion of equality is built into new policy developments.
Looking beyond legislative compliance, we know that effective
equality impactassessment is the foundation for inclusive and
effective workforce policies thatcreate the climate where staff can
realise their potential and ensure servicesare the best for
Increasingly, Public Sector bodies are also recognising the need
to build keyindicators into their procurement processes to ensure
that their suppliers arealso promoting equality.
So whatever your sector theres an advantage to be gained if
youre able todemonstrate that youve considered equality in your
decision making and takensteps to ensure your actions dont have
negative consequences on your people,your customers or your bottom
If a full impact assessment is necessary and you need to go on
the second leg of the journey, we can help you with that too.
Were experienced in equality scheme development, employee
engagement and public involvement and can manage the whole process
for you or providesupport to your internal team on discrete
projects. Our extensive networksmean that if you just need a little
direction we can provide you with access to relevant research and
expertise as required.
But maybe were jumping the gun? Perhaps you just dont know where
tostart? Dont worry. This stage is a bit like looking at a map
before setting out.We can help here too. We can undertake an audit
of your policies providing you with a risk table. This highlights
which policies and procedures in yourorganisation present the
biggest risk in terms of legislative compliance andimpact on your
bottom line. This might include lost customers, impact
onproductivity or recruitment and retention issues.
The diagram on the next page maps out the 10eyeTM toolkit that
will help yousuccessfully complete the journey towards
the sherpa 10eyeTM toolkit that delivers the differenceThe
10eyeTM toolkit considers the impact on individuals bylooking at
issues such as human rights, housing, poverty,social status,
transport, education and the dimensions ofage, disability,
ethnicity, faith, gender and sexualorientation.
It is designed in a modular way to respond appropriately to the
different stagesof your journey towards inclusion.
If youre on the first leg of your journey we work with a core
team of your staffto give your policies and procedures an MOT with
The results of this are:
A completed Basic Impact Assessment ready forpublication.
Knowledgeable impact assessors within your team whowill be able
to transfer their skills when working onfuture policies with other
10eyeTM also informs your training needs. It highlights
where you have strengths and weaknesses. This enablesyou to
avoid falling into the sheep dip trap of diversitytraining as it
ensures investment in training anddevelopment targets the areas
that need it most.
INVENTORY(establish a knowledgebaseline)
INVESTIGATION (assess gaps)
INSPIRATION (grasp the issues)
IDENTIFICATION (locate the risks)
ILLUMINATION (clarify opportunities)
Basic Impact Assessment
INVITATION(engage peoplein the process)
work out your ITINERARY
Readiness for assessment journey the 10eyeTM
Possible joining stages
in summarySo, whether you need a policy health check, need
toreview existing policies or are at the start of somethingnew, we
can deliver the expertise and evidence toensure you make a
difference now and in the future.
contact usFor further details or to arrange
a no-obligation introductory meeting please contact Lynn
T: 0845 452 4096 E: [email protected]
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