Rise in racial tensions in US has implications for employers in the UK

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there have been protests in the US and the UK that have prompted many discussions on race.

Sandra Kerr CBE, race director at Business in the Community, said:

“Twenty-five years on from the Business in the Community’s Race Equality campaign being launched, it is horrific to see the brutal killing of George Floyd. Leadership is critical to ensure timely action on issues as they arise. Employers across the UK and those with global organisations need to be sensitive to this being another negative impact on their BAME employees and their mental health and wellbeing during a time of high levels of stress and worry because of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19.

“This traumatic incident has been viewed by people of all ages around the world and in the UK and employers need to be aware that peaceful acts of solidarity are going to be one way that individuals will want to demonstrate support, say this is unjust and cannot be allowed to happen in any civilised society.”

The role of Business in the Community is to create a space where businesses can learn from each other and people have difficult conversations. BITC has published a guide to help conversations about race take place.

This factsheet, COVID-19: BAME women and mental health explores statistics surrounding black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women through the COVID-19 lens and that of mental health.


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To find out more, contact Cathy Beveridge, Media and External Affairs Manager, Business in the Community on 07776 181945 or cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk

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