Too many UK companies are missing out on the financial benefits that come from a culture that embraces equality and diversity, according to Cardinus Risk Management.

Cardinus, a leading provider of health and safety e-learning and risk management services, says companies that are aware of diversity and strong in equality can win enormous competitive and commercial advantages. However, too many are paying lip-service to developing an inclusive culture and could therefore be missing out on the positive impact it can have on performance.

Jon Abbott, managing director – ergonomics and safety at Cardinus Risk Management, said, “Very few people deliberately discriminate but the rapid changes in modern life create gaps in people’s understanding. Those gaps can expose you and your business to internal discord or even legal action.

“This is usually enough to persuade companies to do what they have to do to eliminate discrimination and harassment but it’s only half the story. It’s the benefits that equality and diversity bring to an organisation in the form of efficiency, adaptability and versatility that are the exciting story here.

“It’s incredible what a harmonious, motivated workforce can achieve.”

Cardinus and their partners Threshold Initiative have produced a discrimination white paper, Discrimination: understanding and reducing risk, and also devised an e-learning course to address the knowledge gaps and help organisations take advantage of the many opportunities an inclusive culture provides. A special website has been set up at www.cardinussafetylearning.com to provide help and advice to companies that want to improve equality and diversity and eliminate discrimination and harassment.

Cardinus has been developing effective risk management and ergonomics programmes for more than 15 years. Its customers include many of the world’s leading organisations, central government departments and unions.

The Cardinus approach to effective risk management is to apply simple programmes that provide a modular, adaptable solution. For more information about Cardinus products telephone 020 7469 0200, email info@cardinus.com or visit www.cardinussafetylearning.com.

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