Embracing equality and discrimination training could have a positive impact on staff and business, an expert claims.
Kasmin Cooney, managing director of learning and development firm Righttrack, suggested some companies only paid lip service to the notion of diversity despite allocating budgets to employee training.
However, properly implemented training could motivate employees, help with retention, foster creativity and innovation, as well as improve working relationships within the company.
She cited research by the Ethnic Minority Foundation that revealed almost 90 per cent of recent graduates had experienced discrimination at work, a figure backed up by independent findings of another poll by milkround.com.
"Diversity development is like any other, to make a positive impact there needs to be a buy-in from the board level," she said.
Resolution and conciliation service Acas, which gives advice to employees who feel they have been discriminated against, notes it is against the law to treat people unfairly as a result of discrimination based on age, disability and sexual orientation.