Employers' forums are relatively new forms of collective organization amongst employers in the UK. Examples include Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity, the Employers' Forum on Age, Employers for Work-Life Balance, Employers for Carers, the Employers' Forum on Disability, and the Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence. Traditional employers' associations were organized on an industry basis and were largely developed to deal with trade unions and collective bargaining. These new bodies, in contrast, are organized on the basis of particular issues, especially identity issues, and exist to formulate and promulgate standards of good practice in the area of equality and diversity management. They also represent the views of employers to government and have occasionally called for the strengthening of equality legislation. Their primary function is educative, however, seeking to improve management practice amongst their member organizations and amongst employers more generally.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.