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 five 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 and bullying.

  4. Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers.

  5. Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression.


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 business 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.

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 oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business.

We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:

  • Develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow.
  • Build thriving communities where people want to live and work.
  • Innovate to sustain and repair our planet.

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