Bishop of Bristol supports call for mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting

First published 26th October 2021

Yesterday in the House of Lords, The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, spoke in a debate about ethnicity pay gap reporting, following a question from Lord Boateng about how the government was responding to the joint call by the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, for the introduction of mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.

She referred to her own experience both as Dean of York and within the Diocese of Bristol, and shared her hope that the Church of England might consider participating in a pilot study.

Bishop Viv said: “…I support the requirement for larger enterprises to collect and publish data on the ethnic pay gap to bring about much greater equality of opportunity in the workplace and a greater sense of common humanity.”

This supported Lord Boateng’s initial assertion that: “…the case for minority ethnic pay gap reporting is not only a profoundly moral one, it is intensely practical. Every person, regardless of their ethnicity or background, should be able to fulfil their potential at work. That is the business case as well as the moral case.”

Read the full debate here and watch the film of the debate here.

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