‘Purple Tuesday’ to promote shopping access for disabled

Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Marks & Spencer are among those that have signed up to try to make shopping more inclusive. Sky News has been given details about the UK’s first ever accessible shopping day aimed at getting retailers to take all kinds of disability seriously. Backed by the government and major high street names, “Purple Tuesday” will take place … Read More

Greater Gender Equality Improves Our Sleep, But Why?

Couples living in countries with greater gender equality tend to sleep better, new research has found. A team of sociologists from the University of Melbourne came to this conclusion after cross-referencing data from the UN gender empowerment index with sleep quality findings from the European Social Survey. In total, they analysed data from around 14,000 people living in 23 European … Read More

BBC vows to increase diversity of senior management by 2020

The BBC has pledged that at least two of its senior management team will be from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic (BAME) background by 2020, as part of a drive to tackle the lack of diversity at the top of the corporation. Currently, just one of the 15 members of director general Tony Hall’s executive committee responsible for running … Read More

Engineers proud to march at Pride

Workers from across the construction industry were out in force for last weekend’s Pride event in London under the #BuildingEquality banner. Employees from 23 engineering firms joined together to march behind a rainbow painted digger to increase awareness of LGBT+ staff working in the construction industry. The companies involved spanned the full range of the industry from developers to consultants … Read More

‘Gay footballers being open about sexuality ‘would boost cause of equality’

Commons Speaker John Bercow said it would ‘do wonders’ if players felt able to be openly gay. Gay footballers coming out would help boost the cause of equality, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said. Mr Bercow said it would “do wonders for the cause” if players felt able to be open about their sexuality, adding that it was “wholly implausible” … Read More

Amazon’s new transgender employee guidelines aim to boost diversity, support and inclusion across the UK business

Amazon is now offering employees transgender resources, including guidance for transgender employees and a tool kit for their managers, co-workers and HR personnel for Amazon offices and fulfilment centres across the country. The materials, including best practice guidance on issues such as the correct use of names and pronouns and restroom accessibility, were created with Amazon employees from across the … Read More

BBC Bans All-White Shortlists For Top Jobs

The BBC has vowed to include at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in all job shortlists above a certain grade, under a new plan to boost the careers of ethnic minority staff. The new hiring protocol will apply to all middle and senior-ranking posts, including presenter, editor and producer roles. The broadcaster’s executive committee and divisional leadership teams … Read More

England’s diverse World Cup team is something to celebrate

England kicked off their World Cup campaign  by putting their faith in youth as they took on Tunisia and won the game by 2 goals to nil with a late winner from the captain, Harry Kane. Gareth Southgate’s squad have the lowest average age and the fewest caps won of any of the 32 teams at the tournament. Only three of … Read More

How airports are improving travel for passengers with hidden disabilities

UK airports are making progress when it comes to helping passengers with hidden disabilities, according to a new report published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today. Hidden disabilities can include autism, dementia and hearing loss and many other conditions that are not immediately obvious. This follows the CAA issuing new guidance for airports in December 2016 on how to improve the assistance … Read More