Marks and Spencer (M&S) has joined the Face Equality at Work campaign, in an effort to prove its commitment to treating staff with disfigurements both fairly and equally.
In joining the campaign, the retailer has followed companies such as Shell, the Olympic Delivery Authority, Barclays and British Airways.
In January 2008, a public attitude survey of 1,000 people showed that 90% of people are unconsciously negative towards people with disfigurements. The research also showed that people with facial disfigurements are likely to be marginalised because little is expected of them professionally.
Tanith Dodge, director of HR at M&S, said: “The Face Equality campaign is delivering an important message, not just to businesses but to everyone.”