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We have signed the race at work charter

Posted09.11.22

We have signed the Race at Work Charter

We are very pleased to announce that we have signed Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter.

For signatories, committing to the Charter means taking practical steps to ensure that barriers faced by ethnic minority people in recruitment and progression are being tackled. In addition, it means making sure that as an organisation they are representative of communities, customers, clients and British society today.

Ethnic minorities still face significant disparities in many aspects of employment. This is as true for housing as it is for other sectors across the UK and is something that we need to change. We have been working on this issue for some time, but know that there is still much we can do as an employer and housing provider to progress further.

The Race at Work Charter is composed of seven calls to action for leaders and organisations. Signing it means taking practical steps to ensure workplaces are tackling barriers that Black, Asian, Mixed Race and other ethnically diverse people face, and that these calls to action are responded to. They are as follows:

  • Appoint and executive sponsor for race.
  • Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress.
  • Commit to zero tolerance of racial harassment and bullying.
  • Supporting equality is the responsibility of all leaders.
  • Support ethnic minority career progression.
  • Support race inclusion allies in the workplace.
  • Include ethnically diverse led businesses in supply chains.

At Evolve we commit to each of these seven targets, and will continue working to ensure that our organisation is as equal and inclusive and it can be.

Elspeth Hayde, our Director of People and Culture, said:

“As an organisation we have been focussed on race inclusion and making progress on our co-produced Race Action Plan that we launched earlier this year. We have signed up to the Race at Work charter to further our commitment and to continue to take steps to ensure greater inclusion.”

You can read more about the Charter, and how to get involved with Business in the Community’s campaign for race equality in the workplace here.

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