Preparing for the Gender and Race Benchmark 2013

Tom  Legge Benchmarking Manager, Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity






Tom Legge, Benchmarking Development Manager.

With a very cold February behind us, I am looking forward to warmer temperatures and longer days. Something else I am looking forward is the start of the 2013 Benchmarking cycle, and I hope you are too!

We are busy preparing for this period and this includes encouraging you to start thinking about it too.
To help you prepare, I want to arm you with the most important information about the overall benchmarking process:


The submission window will be between Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 16 July. This is the time that you can enter your answers into our secure online system. We will be releasing the complete question sets in early April for those organisations who want to start thinking about their answers before the formal submission period.


We launched our new question sets last year – as part of our brand new joint Gender and Race Benchmark. Questions are not changing this year and so organisations completing for a second year in a row will not have to start from scratch.


The benchmarking comes in two parts: impacts and inputs. Crucially, for organisations who submitted both parts in 2012, we will only ask you to resubmit updated impacts answers. You can automatically resubmit your 2012 inputs answers (with or without adjustments). This will save you time.

Publishing of Top 10s:

This year we will again publish lists of the Top 10 performing organisations for both Gender and Race. We will publicise the Top 10s through our website and social media.


Each participating organisation receives a confidential feedback report that includes: a confidential score and banding of Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze; a detailed peer comparison report; and, a gap-analysis report identifying successes and areas for improvement.


We will be running a series of webinars in the run up to the benchmark, please keep an eye out for these in the events e-mails. In the meantime, please register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest Form and we will keep you up-to-date with everything that is happening.

Thank you! 

Tom Legge
Tel: +44 (0)207 566 8731