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The Commission is part of the BCC’s three-year workplace equity campaign, the inspiration for which came from the findings of the BCC International Women’s Day research, published last March, that surveyed 4,000 people. The research found that two thirds of women feel they have missed out on career progression because of childcare responsibilities.  


The Questions the Commission wants to address: 

1. How do we create a culture where leaders ensure workplace equity is at the heart of business and where they commit to the cultural change required?

2. What challenges do SMEs face in creating equitable workplaces and how can they be supported to overcome them?  What are the critical factors that would help employers?

3. What positive actions are businesses taking to develop equitable workplaces? Please tell us about any specific initiatives or cultural change programmes that have worked well.   

  • What was the catalyst that led to the desire to change? 
  • What are the factors that made the initiative successful?   
  • What has been the impact of this investment?  

4. How can we support employers to accommodate the diverse and often complex needs of individuals that may limit opportunity?’ 

5. What funding and/or support can businesses access to support their efforts to create more equitable workplaces? 

6. How can local government, Chambers of Commerce and other partners at a local level work together to support SMEs?  Where are the examples of best practice in collaborative working? 

7. What change in government policy (UK and/or devolved) could make the biggest difference in helping SMEs to create equitable workplaces?  

8. What lessons can we learn from other countries?