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REC: Equal opportunity is not a ‘nice-to-have’

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has signed up to the Race at Work Charter, strengthening its commitment to improve opportunities for BAME employees.

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People from BAME backgrounds are still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented
People from BAME backgrounds are still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented

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:

  • Appoint an executive sponsor for race to oversee progress. This role will be undertaken by Neil Carberry, the chief executive, ensuring that race equality is fully embedded across the organisation;
  • Capture and publicise data about workplace equality;
  • Commit at board-level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying;
  • Make equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers;
  • Support the career progression of BAME staff members.

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.”

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