The Race at Work Charter was launched by Business in the Community (BITC) in late 2018, with the aim of tackling ethnic disparities in the workplace. This guide aims to provide a practical framework that signatories of the Charter can follow to meet the seven calls to action.

The Race at Work Charter requires signatories to make five commitments:

  1. Appoint an executive sponsor for race.

  2. Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress.

  3. Commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment.

  4. Make equality, diversity and inclusion the responsibility of all leaders and managers

  5. Take action that supports black, Asian, mixed race and other ethnically diverse employees’ career progression

  6. Support race inclusion allies in the workplace

  7. Include black, Asian, mixed race and other ethnically-led enterprise owners in supply chain

BITC has a clear set of objectives that it wants signatories to achieve, which includes:

  • Encouraging leadership, allyship and connections to foster advocates and allies that are willing to proactively take actions to ensure their workplace is safe and inclusive.
  • Encouraging businesses to take strategic action on leadership by bringing the attention of all senior leaders within the organisation to the issue of race relations.
  • Promoting mentoring and sponsorship of ethnic minority employees by putting them forward for development or progression opportunities, especially in organisations that do not have ethnic minority roles models in senior positions.
  • Co-developing or co-creating race equality and inclusion strategies with people from all race equality groups.

This guide offers research-backed recommendations to improve race equality and inclusion.

Download the guide for advice on meeting the Race at Work Charter actions

Business in the Community is the largest and longest established, business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales 40 years ago.

We grow the responsible business movement and collectively create a greater impact focused on:

  • developing a skilled and inclusive workforce
  • ensuring work is good for everyone
  • innovating to sustain and regenerate the planet
  • building thriving communities.
BITC Advisory Services supports organisations to take action against the commitments and drive change. They offer a range of advisory products and services. This can include the design and development of diversity and inclusion strategies, guidance on ethnicity pay gap reporting, learning and development programmes for senior leaders and employees, and development and delivery of sponsorship and mentoring programmes.

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