We are delighted to announce that we have been included in the Business in the Community’s 2018 Best Employers for Race Listing.
We are one of 70 employers included in the 2018 listing, which recognises good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion and celebrates the public and private sector organisations making a difference in this area. The listing is unranked and is published in alphabetical order, and the successful organisations will be celebrated at an event in London this afternoon.
To be considered for the listing, employers must demonstrate that they are putting leadership on race in place within their organisation, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action on leadership, progression and/or recruitment. They must also show how their policies are positively impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within their organisations.
Janine La Rosa, NEL’s Deputy Director Development and Inclusion, said: “We’re proud to have been recognised on the Best Employers for Race list 2018. As an NHS organisation, we believe it’s vital that we reflect the communities we serve and that all our people can do their best work. Our place on the Best Employers for race list demonstrates the positive impact that our work is having as we continue on the journey to inclusion.”
Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing was first piloted in 2017 following a recommendation from the Government-backed McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace. The listing aims to ‘identify the best employers in terms of diversity’ and showcase organisations that are leading on workplace race equality. The Best Employers for Race listing also acts as the entry process for the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards, which are now in their 12th year.
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to NEL on being named in the Best Employers for Race 2018 listing. They have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to creating a fair, diverse and inclusive workplace that works for all employees, including those from BAME backgrounds. In a rapidly changing global business environment, it’s vital that organisations make the most of all the diverse talent available to them to successfully compete, and NEL is doing just that. I hope more employers will learn from their example, seize the moment to act on workplace race equality and following the example set out by the leading employers in this listing by signing up for Race at Work Charter launched earlier this month.”