Business and Social Mobility: a Manifesto for Change

Alan Milburn, Gillian Shephard, Paul Cleal, David Johnston, Tom Attwood, P Gregg, Douglas Hamilton, Anne Marie Carrie, Christian Guy, Catriona Williams

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Organisations are only as good as their people, so it’s vital for business success that firms identify and recruit the best individuals. Yet there’s growing evidence that when it comes to making the most of their assets, some of Britain’s leading employers are missing out – to the cost of both the bottom line, and fairness.

This document sets out the current position regarding social mobility in the UK and what could be gained by business in changing it.

It shows that far from opportunities being open to all, there are serious barriers to some of our most talented and driven people getting ahead, and that businesses are sometimes contributing to these barriers.

It shows that this is costly for individual firms, and the economy as a whole.

It shows that these problems can be overcome by recommending the simple, practical ways that any firm can make a difference.

And it calls on employers and government to make these steps the basis for a refreshed version of the Government’s leading vehicle for social mobility efforts by UK businesses: the Social Mobility Business Compact.

The Commission believes there is an opportunity for firms to find untapped talent and drive greater competitiveness for the UK and is seeking to encourage employers to implement change that has real impact. This means making the case to individual firms, and raising the bar on the support and challenge provided by government and others.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSocial Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission
Commissioning bodySocial Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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