Race Equality 2024

Posted on 20 March 2024 by Jonna Mundy

Race Equality continues to be a challenge in being embraced by all. Many employers struggle in knowing where to start... well it starts with you!

Make a Commitment 🤝

Check out our top 10 and see what commitment you can make this year to improve race equality in your workplace:

  1. Ensure Policies are inclusive: All policies can be inclusive, consider introducing an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) that tests out how your practice embraces diversity and fosters an inclusive, un-bias workplace.
  2. Commission Allyship Training: that includes covering understanding about; privilege, intersectionality, systemic injustice and discrimination, increases listening skills and working with empathy, influences your strategy, addresses where bias and microaggressions might exist, creates inclusive and psychological safe spaces, encourages all employees to self-reflect and take accountability.
  3. Advocate Equal Opportunity Recruitment: Implement fair and transparent recruitment processes that ensure equal opportunity for applicants and candidates from all backgrounds. Set goals to measure your statistics to ensure you are reaching a far ranging diverse group, and where, each time you recruit, you can make improvements.
  4. Diverse Leadership: Actively work towards achieving diversity in leadership positions by implementing initiatives to support the advancement of employees from underrepresented backgrounds.
  5. Employee Networks and Groups: Establish employee resource groups or affinity networks specifically focused on racial diversity and inclusion. These groups can provide support, networking opportunities, and a platform for discussing and addressing racial equality issues with planned outcomes to make positive improvements.
  6. Workforce Audits: Conduct regular audits to assess diversity and inclusion within your organisation, including representation at all levels, pay equity, and employee satisfaction among different groups.
  7. Zero Tolerance: Create a culture where microaggressions and racially insensitive behaviours are not tolerated.
  8. Mentorship and Sponsorship Programmes: Implement mentorship and sponsorship programmes that specifically support employees from underrepresented backgrounds and support their professional development and career advancement.
  9. Transparent Communication: Foster open and transparent communication about race equality initiatives, progress, and challenges within your organisation. Encourage dialogue and feedback from employees to continuously make improvements - nothing in life stands still.
  10. Community Engagement and Partnerships: Engage with external organisations and community groups focused on racial equality to learn best practices, share resources, and collaborate on initiatives aimed at advancing race equality both within and outside of your workplace.

By making at least 1 commitment you will be taking a proactive step to address race equality in the workplace, employers can create a more inclusive and equitable environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and able to thrive.

Why do You support Race Equality...

On the 21st February 1991, the impact and extent others would go to based on 'racial differences', catastrophically and devastatingly exploded when a dear school friend of Jonna's, her drumming buddy, Rolan Adams, was savagely and most brutally knifed to death, in front of his brother Nathan, by a gang of white racists, in Thamesmead. A life taken for no other reason than the colour of his skin.

He was 15 years old, an incredibly talented beautiful soul. The 21st February 2024 marked what would have been Rolan's 49th Birthday. The rawness of the Rolan's family loss, still so apparently lives on and after 33 years of painful campaigning, Rolan's mum gained her wings on the 8th February this year. We hope you find peace and rest Audrey.

Rolan Adams 21 March 1975 - 21 February 1991

Whether your workforce is small or large, why wouldn't you try and help to make a difference and ensure mindsets align with that of your organisation? Why wouldn't you try and help in whatever way you can?

If you would like to talk about how your organisation can take actions to improve race equality please email alice@hr-od.co.uk. Our Academy houses great content that can help you enhance your Equality, Diversity and Inclusion focus, visit the HR Content Library to find out more.

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