The Business Case
The Harvard Project Implicit Association Test (IAT) for racial bias was taken by over 3 million people across the USA, the UK and Western Europe between 2003 and 2016. Business in the Community partnered with Ken Clark from the University of Manchester’s Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) to analyse this data.
The infographic below profiles the most recent analysis. Click to enjoy the full interactive experience.
Implicit Association test
Analysis of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) data from 2003 – 2016 highlighted that 18 to 24-year olds have the highest levels of bias of all age groups who completed the survey.
"UK top executives have the lowest levels of racial bias in the world. However, a recent analysis of data from 2003-2016 indicates a negative trend increase in racial bias from 66% to 66.6%. No matter how small this shift, it is important to understand that racial bias is not static and has to be continually monitored and employers must build a pipeline of inclusive leaders within their organisations They should also regularly monitor employee engagement through regular employee surveys, discussions and focus groups". Sandra Kerr OBE, Business in the Community Race Equality Director
Trends from Best Employers for Race 2017
92% of the employers in the Best Employers for Race listing provided unconscious bias training for their employees. The Best Employers for Race are clearly outperforming employers in the UK where Race at Work found only 49% ensured equality and diversity training was available and this fell to 7% when employees were asked about equality and diversity training for managers.
Only 23% of employers in the Best Employers for Race listing said that their line managers had diversity performance objectives.
Further analysis of the Race at Work 2015 survey responses found that 41% of employees from BAME backgrounds said that they had a diversity performance objective.
Only 28% of employers in the Best Employers for Race listing said that they ensured diversity on their selection panels for promotions. Employee Network Groups provide a great resource for diverse talent who can be trained to sit on selection panels for promotions across the organisation
Recommendations 5-7 from the Race in the workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review encourages employers to consider unconscious bias training and recommends free materials should be made available online. In addition, the review recommends that mandatory unconscious bias training should be undertaken by employees at all levels within an organisation to address lingering behaviours and attitudes that act as a barrier to a more inclusive workplace. The report also states that senior management teams and executive boards and those with a role in the recruitment process should go further and participate in more detailed training workshops.