Effective Sponsorship Programmes and the Meritocracy Myth
AudienceBITC members with an age partnership, BITC members with a gender partnership, BITC members with a race partnership, Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers and HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
Mon, 30 November 2020 @ 10:00 – 12:00
This peer learning forum will highlight the importance of effective sponsorship programmes and discuss the myth of meritocracy.
Research shows that women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds are often over mentored and under sponsored. Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race at Work Charter Report 2020 showed that 46% of executives engage in sponsorship, compared with 72% who engage in reverse mentoring. Sponsoring means advocating for an employee and using connections to try and secure them opportunities. By contrast, mentors provide advice and feedback but may not get directly involved in an individual’s career. BITC’s research also shows that 43% of employees from black, Asian and ethnic minority say they would like a fast track opportunity but only 10% have this. Effective sponsorship programmes are one way to achieve this.
During this webinar there will be an emphasis on peer discussion, exploring common challenges and solutions around sponsorship programmes.
About BITC’s race and gender campaigns
After 25 years of campaigning for race equality in the UK, BITC believes every employer must prioritise action on race.
Leaders can amplify their commitment to improving workplace equality of opportunity by signing the Race at Work Charter. Amongst several other commitments, signatories pledge to take action that supports ethnic minority career progression, while making it clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers.
BITC’s gender campaign focuses on achieving a truly balanced workforce, meaning employers must recruit and progress the best talent, irrespective of gender. The commercial imperative for realising women’s potential in the workplace is clear: gender equality enhances employee engagement, boosts productivity, meets the diverse needs of customers and suppliers, and improves brand reputation.
This event is for organisations with an age, gender or race partnership. There will be a limited number of spaces for other BITC members.
This peer learning forum benefit human resources (HR) and diversity and inclusion (D&I) professionals and employee resource group members and chairs who may be responsible for creating effective sponsorship programmes.
About peer learning forums
BITC’s peer learning forums provide a confidential environment to discuss common issues, good practice and solutions. There will be an emphasis on discussion and sharing experiences.
Contact details and further information
Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.
Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology.