Government announces Race at Work Charter

17 October 2018

As well as launching a consultation on ethnicity pay reporting the government has also announced a ‘race at work charter’ to tackle ethnic disparities in the workplace.

Developed jointly with Business in the Community (BITC) the charter has several points and actions for businesses to commit to publicly. Organisations such as NHS England, Standard Life Aberdeen, Norton Rose Fulbright, Saatchi & Saatchi, KPMG, RBS, the civil service, WPP, EY and the CIPD have already signed up.

Prime minister Theresa May said: “Every employee deserves the opportunity to progress and fulfil their potential in their chosen field, regardless of which background they are from, but too often ethnic minority employees feel they’re hitting a brick wall when it comes to career progression.

“That’s why I’m delighted to launch the race at work charter, which gives businesses a clear set of actions to work towards in helping to create greater opportunities for ethnic minority employees at work.”

The NHS, Armed Forces, schools and police forces are also setting out their plans on how to increase the proportion of public sector leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds. These include proposals from school leaders to address disparities in the teaching workforce and publication of the National Police Chief Council’s first national Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy.

As well as the charter the consultation which is open until January 2019, will set out in detail what information employers should publish to allow for decisive action to be taken while also asking employers how ethnicity data can be collected without placing undue burdens on businesses.