Press release: Best Employers for Race

PRESS RELEASE

Best Employers for Race named in new listing

  • Listing highlights best practice on workplace race equality and inclusion

  • Participation in the list is a recommendation from The McGregor-Smith Review into race in the workplace

  • Business in the Community is now calling on more employers to take part in 2018

66 public and private sector organisations have been named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing, published today (01 November 2017) by Business in the Community. The listing is unranked with organisations listed in alphabetical order.

 

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 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.

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.”

Business Minister Margot James said:
“I would like to congratulate these employers for their efforts in helping to drive the agenda for a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and I urge other employers to follow suit to reap the social and economic benefits.“Baroness McGregor-Smith’s government-backed review sets out important recommendations on how to increase black and ethnic minorities’ participation and progression in the workplace, and Business in the Community is playing a significant role in encouraging employers to take them up.“I am particularly pleased that my department is listed as one of the best BME employers and we will look to build on this success in our push for greater diversity.”

Baroness McGregor-Smith said: “I am delighted that we have this snapshot of UK employers that are prepared to show their leadership on race in the workplace, six months on from my review which recommended the creation of the Best Employers for Race list. By taking action on this issue, they have demonstrated that their workplaces are for everyone, not just the privileged few. I am now calling on more organisations to continue this momentum by entering the process in 2018.”

Richard Iferenta, Partner, KPMG and Chair, Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team, said: “It’s great to see that a good number of employers are taking workplace race equality seriously and I hope their examples will encourage others to take action. I was also pleased to see that many businesses are incorporating Business in the Community’s three SMART objectives into their approach, particularly reverse mentoring which has been a runaway success. However, although the organisations in the listing have made a considerable amount of progress, there is still a lot more work to be done, particularly on setting BAME recruitment and progression targets and on having diverse selection panels wherever possible. The SMART objectives are applicable to all employers, regardless of size, and I strongly urge business to step up on this issue and ensure we unleash the full potential of the BAME community for our collective benefit.”

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, EY and KPMG were also named as Winners in Business in the Community’s Race Equality Awards, which are now in their 11th year. The winning employers were announced last night at a celebration event at HSBC’s offices in London. A further 12 organisations featured in the Best Employers for Race listing were also named as Finalists in the Awards.

 

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For more information from Business in the Community please contact: Laura Cooney, E: laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk, T: 02075668653.

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society.

The Race Equality Campaign at Business in the Community is committed to empowering employers to accelerate change for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the workplace. We work with our membership of employers, from private, and public sectors to offer tailored practical advice on improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the UK. It is the only race diversity campaign that has access to and influence over the leaders of the UK’s best known organisations.

The Business in the Community Race Equality Campaign has three key priority areas for action: Leadership, Progression and Recruitment. http://race.bitc.org.uk