UK: Building FORB through faith-and-belief friendly workplaces

By Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief

APPG FoRB (20.11.2023) – The Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is a touchstone human right. It enters every aspect of our lives, not only in religious practice. Whether in home life, the workplace, recreation, or any other setting, our belief systems, backgrounds, and identities travel with us. This report is a much-needed step in developing governmental thought on FoRB and business, showcasing the fantastic steps which businesses across the world, including many in the UK, are taking to promote “covenantal pluralism” in their workplaces.


The report is unique in that it provides a very practical toolkit for businesses to promote FoRB, thus improving employee experience and business output. The recommendations, tried and proven by top corporations, will prove valuable in promoting fundamental human rights in organic ways, through the “building method” of FoRB promotion.

When building, we seek to promote openness and acceptance of various religious and belief backgrounds, including those of no belief. In so doing, we feel free to express ourselves in a more authentic way, allowing for greater trust and cooperation among colleagues.

As a parliamentarian, I look forward to the combination of “building” and “advocacy” strategies playing out in the business world and in parliament. There is much we can learn in government from such positive methods. I look forward to applying the recommendations in my own work as an MP, with the hope that our diversity and celebration of FoRB will blossom, laying the foundation for FoRB policy innovations that may benefit millions.”

Table of Content

Foreword:  Jim  Shannon  MP,  Chair of  the  APPG  for  International  Freedom of  Religion  or  Belief

I.Introduction: A Builder’s Approach & Cali  ta  Action

II. Executive Summary

III. Background:  Meetings with  APPG  FoRB  and  No.  10 Downing  Street

IV.Conceptual Background  on  “Building”  FoRB

V.FoRB Helps  Businesses  & Economies  Grow

A.Macro Argument:  Economies

B.Micro Argument:  Workplaces

VI.Calls ta  action:  Business,  Government,  FoRB  Community

VII.  Tools  and  Organisational  Resources

A.How to  Approach  the  Tapie  of  Faith  and  Belief  in  the  Workplace

B.Faith-related Employee  Resource  Groups  (ERGs):  Overview

C.Corporate Religious  Equity,  Diversity  &  Inclusion  (REDI)  Index:

Free  Benchmarking  Tool

D.Organisational Examples  in  the  UK


DELL Technologies



OVO  Energy

Rolls-Royce  pic

Thames Water

University  of  Derby

UK  Research  and  Innovation  (UKRI)

Faith Friendly  Workplaces  (Network)

Further reading about FORB in UK on HRWF website