The impending Equalities Review is causing concern for some employers who claim they were not consulted properly with regards to future policy on diversity.
Published tomorrow (Wednesday), the review is by led Trevor Phillips - the chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights - and speculation is mounting that it will recommend private firms should take on more responsibilities, Personneltoday.com reports.
In December Mr Phillips said that diversity needs to be promoted via special measures, commenting: "Some areas of employment will never stop being all-white without new kinds of positive action."
David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at manufacturers' body the EEF, told Personneltoday: "We are concerned about the whole diversity area, and there has not been much employer engagement, although there does seem to have been lots of lobbying [from pressure groups]."
His comments highlight the concern of several companies, stemming from what they see as a lack of consultation from Mr Phillips' review team.
The review was set up in 2005 to investigate continual discrimination in the UK.