Businesses need to be aware of Equality issues

Smaller firms with fewer than 500 employees are now likely to be exempt from rules in the new Equality Bill as Harriet Harman tries to ensure the legislation is passed before the general election next year.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Department of Economic Studies and International Business is launching a new series of short courses for businesses eager to understand the language of economics to help them promote gender equality.

The course, which will be available from March 2010, helps policy makers to develop more robust and informed policy regarding their obligations towards the Scottish Government’s Gender Equality Duty and the forthcoming Equality Bill. It supports community activists by sharing experiences and by developing the tools and knowledge to hold decision-makers to account. It will allow the private sector to better understand legislation. gender-symbols

Businesses can also ask for bespoke course content and modules to suit their business needs. Oxfam was among the first organisations to use material from the Economics for Equality course, running pilots this year attended by 25 policy makers and community activists.

The new courses will be led by Ailsa McKay, Professor in Gender and Economics, who has worked extensively in the field of gender budget analysis.

To find out more about how Economics for Equality could work for your business, contact Fiona.Ramsay@gcal.ac.uk at the Applied Knowledge Exchange, or A.McKay@gcal.ac.uk.