Equality and Human Rights Commission: our Freedom of Information Act request

On 24 August I emailed a Labour peer, Baroness Prosser, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’), in connection with a statement she’d made about more gender diverse boards delivering superior performance. I asked her for evidence to substantiate her claim. My request was passed to John Sharman, a Policy Manager, to address, and last Friday I received his response. The content is much as we might expect, and I’ve just sent him back a reply addressing each of his points. The following document contains the full text of his letter, with my comments in red.

120909 response to EHRC letter

I’ve made a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act for the evidence of a link between increased female representation on boards and enhanced corporate performance, the link which underpins government policy on this matter, and is used to justify the government’s continuing threats of legislated quotas. Given that the evidence clearly shows a negative causal link, I look forward to their creative response.


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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