Champions’ Forum: Race
Tue, 24 November 2020 @ 10:00 – 11:00
This forum will provide Champion Members with in-depth insights from the Race at Work Charter 2020 survey report.
The session will also cover themes of leadership, accountability and transparency and will share unpublished research data. Business in the Community (BITC) will also update champions on race campaign activity since June, including: our open letter to the Prime Minister calling for mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting; as well as the publishing of our Black Voices report which reviewed how employers can benefit from ensuring inclusion and effective engagement of their black talent.
Sandra Kerr CBE will share the race campaign’s plans and seek Champions’ invaluable input, particularly with shaping the 2021 Race at Work survey which will be updated to include questions on allyship. Sandra will also share plans to publish a black, Asian and ethnic minority mental health toolkit to support women in the workplace early next year.
Those attending will hear from Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Campaign Director at BITC, who will:
- share the Race at Work Charter 2020 survey report unpublished data
- provide updated information from the open letter to the PM on ethnicity pay gap reporting
- outline BITC’s work plan for 2021
- discuss the 2021 Race at Work Survey.
This forum is only open to Champion Members of BITC’s race campaign. Find out more about becoming a member of BITC.
About Business in the Community’s Race Campaign
After 25 years of campaigning for Race Equality in the UK, BITC believes every employer must prioritise action on race.
There are two key actions leaders can take today to amplify your commitment to improving equality of opportunity in the workplace: sign the Race at Work Charter and capture and publish your ethnicity pay gap data.
According to BITC’s Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report, in collaboration with YouGov, only 11% of employers were currently capturing ethnicity and pay data according to employees. Without this important indicator, businesses will not be able to diagnose and take action to deal with their ethnicity pay gaps. This Monitoring Ethnicity: A Comprehensive Guide for Employerstoolkit provides information on providing a snapshot of a business’s workforce.
On October 15 2020, 30 business leaders united in a plea to the government to introduce a mandatory duty for employers to report on their ethnicity pay gap. Brought together by BITC and its Race Equality Leadership Team, the employers have written a letter to Boris Johnson, urging him to recognise that a mandatory duty to report is seen as a tool to create fair workplaces rather than a burden.
Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Ellie Jefford, Events Co-Ordinator at BITC.
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Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.