Friday, May 5, 2017

Recruiters Have Key Role in New Diversity & Inclusion Standard - RECRUITER

Originally published: May 3, 2017

A new British Standards Institute Standard on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), due to be officially launched tomorrow, identifies recruitment agencies as having a key role in improving the UK’s record on D&I in employment by attracting candidates from a wider talent pool.

The new Standard BS 76005:2017 Valuing people through Diversity and Inclusion provides a framework and recommendations for employers, and gives guidance on how companies can look beyond the protected characteristics such gender, race and disability described by the Equality Act 2010.

In a section on candidate search and the shortlisting process, the Standard says that employers should ensure "private recruitment agencies have a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and are able to demonstrate this in measurable and transparent ways via audit results that show the broadest pool of candidates being attracted and put forward".