66 public and private sector organisations have been named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing, published by Business in the Community. The listing is unranked with organisations listed in alphabetical order.
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all the organisations that have been named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisations and have demonstrated their commitment to this agenda. However, there is still room for improvement and we would strongly encourage more employers to step up to the plate on this issue by entering the 2018 listing and encouraging businesses within their supply chain to do the same. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”
The Best Employers for Race was launched as a recommendation made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year to identify the UK’s best employers in terms of diversity and to showcase best practice on race equality in UK workplaces. Employers in the listing have demonstrated how they are putting leadership on race into place within their organisations, and collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK. Successful organisations had to show that they are driving change at an organisational level and creating inclusive workplace cultures. They did so by providing evidence of actions they have taken in at least one of three areas - leadership, progression and recruitment – and the impact this has had on their BAME employees.
The organisations gaining a place on the Best Employers for Race list were eligible to be considered for a Business in the Community Race Equality Award. The case studies from the winning entries, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, KPMG and EY along with the finalists can be viewed at Race Equality Awards 2017.
Business in the Community is also delighted to have been able to action another of the Race in the Workplace recommendations, the development of an online hub of best practice recommendations that enable employers to take effective positive action. Continuing with the themes of Leadership, Progression and Recruitment the best practice portal brings together resources, case studies, statistics and facts to guide and support organisations in their commitment to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.
Visit the Race in the Workplace information portal >>
* The Race in the Workplace review is an Independent review by Baroness McGregor-Smith that considered the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace.