DBIS: the response to our Freedom of Information Act request

We’ve recently had responses from both the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (‘DBIS’), to our FoI requests for evidence supporting the claim of a positive causal link between ‘improved’ gender diversity on boards and enhanced corporate performance. The EHRC response was literally laughable, and we’ll be posting a critique of it in due course. The DBIS response was merely poor – I’m being kind – so I’m going to ask them for an internal review of the matter. Here’s the letter received from the DBIS, along with our critique:

120917 DBIS response to FoI Act request, and our critique

On Thursday I had a very civil conversation with Helen Whitehead, the author of the DBIS letter. I offered to present my IEA lecture to her and her colleagues, including Vince Cable. He’s one of the politicians who most need to be exposed to the robust case against ‘improving’ gender diversity in boardrooms. The number also includes David Cameron, George Osborne and Theresa May. I wrote to them recently, again offering to present my IEA lecture.


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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One Response to DBIS: the response to our Freedom of Information Act request

  1. healingmen says:

    Hi Mike, Very intersesting … good luck with pursuing this line of enquiry. A further thought …. when approaching civil servants about Quotas of Females on Boards …. perhaps to very, very carefully and sensitively touch on the fear of being associated with a “mistake” …. and that the evidence shows that this project should carry a government health warning – “this project may seriously damage your career ……” Good luck! T.

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