The story so far...
Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business
In 2016, with the recruitment firm, Green Park, we launched the Top 100 Leaders in business in the House of Lords.
JUNE 2016 - APRIL 2017
Employer Round Tables & Action Groups
A number of roundtables have taken place to discuss the current position within the UK and how to best move the needle. These have been integral in creating the direction of the conference and The Matrix. Key objectives were to look at best practice and recommendations, brainstorm successes and barriers and identify core strategy that is most relevant to organisations.
Thank you to all the organisations which have participated, a full list can be found online. We plan to hold more of these type of discussions throughout 2018, please let us know if you are interested in participating.
CEOs and boards pledge support
CEOs and leaders stepped up to the plate and put themselves forward as being dedicated and invested in the ethnicity and race workplace agenda.
Our campaign has been featured in various press outlets, including The Times (pictured), City A.M., The Voice, and the Law Gazette, and has had a reach of over 50,000 impressions on social media to date.
If your CEO or a board level champion would like to get involved, please visit get in touch.
We launched the inaugural conference, which saw over 200 organisations attend. The conference covered workplace topics such as recruitment, career progression, global impact and featured workshops on BAME inclusion and train the trainer sessions.
Enter the Matrix
The Maturity Matrix launched in the House of Commons in Jaurary 2018 as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Governance and Inclusive Leadership. The Matrix provides a simple check list, which aligns itself to reports such as McGregor-Smith, and the findings from engagement with over 50 employers through our Action Groups.
Moving the needle
Our overall aims are to help start conversations and move the needle around the BME agenda in the workplace. We will build robust solutions that organisations can put in place to improve or kick start an area that has been lacking within diversity and inclusion.
Organisations say they are not doing enough around the ethnicity and race agenda.
As a result we are launching the pioneering IER conference bringing together and engaging over 100 organisations to empower, educate and inspire around this agenda, and energise those to take key action back into the workplace.
Phase 1: Engagement & Research: Engaging over 50 organisations across various sectors to look at current positions, best practice and barriers through our eight Action Groups and round tables. To use this information to create recommendations with practical actions
Phase 2: Educating & Learning: Conference to educate organisations to help to move the needle and create actions that will lead to sustainable change. Create a standard of recommendations.
Phase 3: Measuring Success & Showcasing Employers:
Encouraging employers to take actions back into the workplace by working through a matrix of recommendations, and recognise employers and individuals investing in ethnicity & race with our List.*
*Organisations and ambassadors who have made an impact will be recognised in The Telegraph’s Top Employers Investing in Ethnicity & Race supplement in February 2018.
What areas of the business is the initiative aimed at:
To be truly successful in providing real change within an organisation, no matter where they are on their journey. We believe you need employees from across all levels of the organisation. Our recommendation for an organisation to send:
• Business leaders (at least one ambassador)
• HR professionals
• Minority ethnic employees
• External facing employees (optional)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more about the work we are doing.