Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority people

One in eight of the UK working-age population is from a black, Asian, or minority ethnic background,* however only one in 13 people at management levels in the private and public sector are from those groups.*

Business in the Community (BITC) believes capability not ethnicity should determine career success. However the results of BITC’s Race at Work 2018: The Scorecard Report highlighted that while British black, Asian and ethnic minority people in the workplace are ambitious, there is a lack of opportunity and a strong desire for opportunities that is not being fulfilled.

In October 2018 Business in the Community (BITC), launched the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and ethnic minority employees in the UK. The Charter builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, Race in the workplace, which found people from these backgrounds were underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented at senior levels.

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race at Work Charter is composed of five calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors. Signing up means organisations taking practical steps to ensure workplaces are tackling barriers ethnic minority people face in recruitment and progression. In doing so they can their organisations are representative of British society.

2019’s Race at Work Charter: One Year On report found evidence of progress, but emphasised there is still much work to be done.

Find out more about Business in the Community’s focus on race.

*Taken from BITC’s Race at The Top report; available on request.

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No institutional racism in the UK?

Jessica Runicles, Head of Responsible Business Strategy at Business in the Community (BITC), expresses BITC’s disappointment with the conclusions in the recent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, and reflects on the experiences of our Advisory team over the last year.
Case Studies

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