The last three years have seen an exciting journey within the ethnicity agenda, with the launch of various reports and the Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting Consultation being launched. Over that time, we've worked on this initiative and listened to over 200 organisations, become the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Governance and Inclusive Leadership, launched a workplace conference and awards.
Sarah Garrett MBE tells us how she's keen to ensure that 2019 sees just as much progress as the past few years.
Excited and proud of what we are ALL achieving on ethnicity this year, and all those who are working with us to move this agenda forward! Here's a quick timeline of the work we have done so far.
We listened to employers on how to shift the dial and start conversations by holding round table discussions. At this point ethnicity and the BAME agenda didn't really have a place at the table. On asking the question on how to move this agenda forward, it was agreed that we needed to list best practice recommendations to help organisations know the best route to take.
We also launched the Top 100 BAME leaders with Green Park at the House of Commons.
LINK: Top 100
We asked CEOs and boards to pledge their support and launched a campaign in June, which got press in the Independent, City AM, The Times and The Voice.
LINK: CEO Pledge
We held the largest Workplace Conference of it's kind in the UK, supported by the Mayor of London. The conference brief was to start conversations and share best practice.
The next conference will be held on 28 March, with speakers such as Karen Blackett OBE and the Governor of the Bank of England.
We also worked on the Maturity Matrix using researching best practice from over 200 organisations through our Action Groups and consultations.
As a result, we launched the free & simple-to-use All-Party Parliamentary Group backed Maturity Matrix in January, which was submitted by over 50 organisations this year, and being used to help shift the dial by another 30, who have reported to be using it within their wider strategy.
We have held 26 workshops, action groups and other sessions, to help organisations. We have recognised leaders, allies and companies in our first ever Investing in Ethnicity Awards in November.
Next for 2019
• Conference: 28 March
• Helping link companies and Government through our APPG on GAIL, especially to inform on Data and EPGR
• Helping those new to the journey and pulling together a ThinkTank for innovation for more advanced companies.
• Awards: November
• Building better pipelines through our Future Leadership track
• Educating boards through our Exec Breakfasts, and
• Continuing our work with companies, thought-leaders and government to advise on Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting and get organisations data ready
Let us know if you would like to find out more...