We are proud to announce our commitment to racial equality by signing the Race at Work Charter, a government initiative in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.
The Race at Work Charter is designed to foster a public commitment to improving outcomes of BAME employees in the workplace. It consists of five principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to BAME recruitment and progression:
- Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race – Executive Sponsors for race provide visible leadership on race and ethnicity in their organisation and can drive actions such as setting targets for ethnic minority representation, briefing recruitment agencies and supporting mentoring and sponsorship.
- Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress – Capturing ethnicity data is important for establishing a baseline and measuring progress. It is a crucial step towards an organisation reporting on ethnicity pay differentials.
- Commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying – The Race at Work Survey revealed that 25 per cent of ethnic minority employees reported that they had witnessed or experienced racial harassment or bullying from managers. Commitment from the top is needed to achieve change.
- Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers – Actions can include ensuring that performance objectives for leaders and managers cover their responsibilities to support fairness for all staff.
- Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression – Actions can include embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship in their organisations.
Daniel Dickson, CEO UK & Ireland, Atalian Servest said: “As a large organisation, built of an amazing diverse workforce, we understand the responsibility that we have to make a real difference. All lives should have infinite value but supporting our BAME community focuses the mind and reminds us that this is urgent, that we all need to actively stand up to racism, that this affects the daily lives of our BAME colleagues and their loved ones.”