- Equal Opportunities Practices and Enterprise Performance: An Investigation based on Australian and British Datapdf - 0.4 MB
Several decades of anti-discrimination legislation has shown the importance of action at enterprise level to remove direct and indirect discrimination and promote diversity and equality of opportunities for all groups of employees. The paper argues that public policies to encourage or require all enterprises to adopt equal opportunity practices can be made more effective if they take into account the effect of the practices on enterprise performance. Britain and Australia have had anti-discrimination legislation for three decades and both countries have recently been encouraging enterprises to adopt equal opportunities practices. However, the two countries have had different approaches (voluntary or mandatory). Comparison between the two countries thus allows the paper to examine the options for public policy, and in particular the extent to which a more constraining approach may be practicable.