The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has published a report along with the Trade Union Congress (TUC), urging employers to promote diversity in the workplace.

Looking beyond the “usual suspects” when recruiting makes good business sense, according to the CBI and staff should be employed on merit, “regardless” of disability, sexual orientation or race.

The report, Talent not Tokenism, suggests that promoting diversity in the workplace can help to increase morale and productivity, enable companies to tap into different markets and address skills shortages.

“Employers wanting to diversify the workplace will always find unions a willing ally. Diversity policies work best when the entire workplace is involved. Our growing network of equality reps in workplaces across the UK are helping deliver diversity from the boardroom to the shop floor.”

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber

The CBI is the UK’s main lobbying organisation for business issues, while the TUC’s member unions currently represent over six million workers across the UK.