The launch of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Issues of equality on age, sexual orientation, religion and belief will be the responsibility of the CEHR as well as the power of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commissions.
Director of human resources policy for the CBI Susan Anderson commented on the success of the diverse and equal British workplace, with pay gaps shrinking and equal rights for minority groups successfully introduced.
"The equal pay gap has shrunk from 34 per cent in 1970 to 13 per cent today, disabled people are almost twice as likely to be in work than they were 20 years ago and the British workplace is more ethnically diverse than ever," she remarked.
Ms Anderson added that more women and ethnic minorities must enter British boardrooms in the future.
Furthermore, the organisation has urged the body to address the need for quality information and guidance on promoting diversity in workplaces.
Yesterday, chief executive of ClickAJob Yngve Traberg commented on findings from the Employers Forum on Age: "Attitude, skills and ability are the three most significant hiring criteria."