The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has signed up to the Race at Work Charter, strengthening its commitment to improve opportunities for BAME employees.
The charter is an initiative of Business in the Community (BITC) and builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, ‘Race in the workplace’ which found that people from BAME backgrounds were still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented at senior levels.
BITC provides a framework for employers to take practical steps that tackle barriers faced by BAME colleagues in the workplace. In doing so, the REC commits to promoting equality within the organisation and will:
Carberry said: “We are proud to sign up to the Race at Work Charter, which triggers new challenges to inequalities that BAME staff may face. Equal opportunity and fairness are not nice-to-haves for better times - they are essential to business and economic success. The focus on the pandemic should enhance our efforts, not detract from these aims.
“As the recruitment and staffing industry, we play an important role in creating life-changing opportunities for people. We have a duty to make sure that we do everything to create the right environment for all employees to thrive in their careers.”