Race targets set terms for contracts

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Race targets set terms for contractsOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Private-sector firms will increasingly have to meet strict race targets inorder to win contracts from public bodies as a result of newanti-discrimination laws.The conditions will be used by public-sector organisations to prove they areactively promoting race equality.The new duty on public bodies is part of amendments to the Race RelationsAct 1976, announced by Home Secretary Jack Straw last month.The use of non-commercial criteria, including equality issues, in decidinghow contracts are awarded was curtailed by the Conservative government in thelate 1980s.But a return to contract compliance is seen as necessary for public bodiesto show they are promoting race equality in their employment practices.”If councils do not seek to promote equality through contracts, theymight be subject to action from government,” said Sarah Palmer, principalinformation officer at the Employers Organisation for Local Government.last_img read more