The changing contours of fairness

Esther McVey, Minister for Employment

Esther McVey speaking at the Work Foundation

10 April 2014

How can organisations ensure they are fair? This was the topic discussed at an event today at The Work Foundation in London. Joining Professor Paul Sparrow of LUMS in the discussion were Esther McVey, Minister for Employment, and Stephen Moir, Director of People, NHS England.

The speakers were responding to the issues raised by a collaborative research project by the Centre for Performance-led HR, the Work Foundation and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development on The Changing Contours of Fairness report.

The report presents six 'lenses' which can be applied to a range of different fairness issues faced in modern people management. It aims to demonstrate the complexity of the issues, the necessity of gaining a better understanding of different ways of thinking about fairness, and offers managers a way of aligning their decision-making with fair practices.

The research has important policy implications for government and employers, and for professional and industrial institutions.

Those interested in getting involved in the next stage of the research should contact Professor Paul Sparrow at