RACE EQUALITY WEEK 2023
Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace. And Race Equality Week 2023 is just around the corner!
The theme for 2023 is #ItsEveryonesBusiness because tackling race inequality is everyone’s business.
“Commitment is not measured by words, it is measured by outcomes and actions”
THE 5-DAY CHALLENGE
Built by the Race Equality Matters Community.
There are DIFFERENT activities for all your colleagues to engage with each day of Race Equality Week – they include videos, articles, and activities to help your employees reflect and more importantly take action to drive Race Equality.
Each activity is 5-minutes.
There are downloadable PDFS for each day that can be distributed to employees or access via your organisation’s employee portal.
Across the week we will hold a number of virtual events as we looked to create an open discussion with industry leaders from various sectors. Now there is a need to galvanise and maximise impact through a nationwide collaboration for real change.
A CATALYST FOR ONGOING CHANGE
Be part of the solution that creates the change we all want to see.
More than 2000 organisations took part in the first Race Equality Week in February 2021. In 2022 we had 3500 people from 3000 organisations. 2023 will be the biggest Race Equality Week yet. Join the movement through building on your own race activity and/or accessing and implementing the solutions, tools and resources we have co-created with those with lived experience.
“Race Equality Week has the potential to be game-changing. In the way, it combines conscious allyship with a strong peer network.”
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There are multiple options, which have been developed in collaboration with ethnically diverse stakeholders who believe that it will help make an impact.
Your organisation can opt for one or any combination of the following, the commitment does not end after Race Equality Week, there is still a lot of hard work to go.
WHY GET INVOLVED
Normal is 75% of ethnic minorities experiencing racism in the workplace.
Normal is a third of FTSE 100 companies having no ethnic minority board members.
Normal is graduates from minority backgrounds being twice as likely to be unemployed.
Normal is not good enough.
We have a unique opportunity now for real change so if you believe that Race Equality Matters, stand up now and take action!
I'm passionate about helping football to be a game where people of all backgrounds feel welcome and included from the terraces to the pitch, to the boardroom. Race Equality Matters also shares this vision, so we’re looking forward to working together in our mission to make football a game for everyone. Sanjay Bhandari Chairman | Kick it Out
Race Equality Week has the potential to be game-changing in the way it combines conscious allyship with a strong peer network - we've seen how powerful this combination can be in other scenarios and it's exciting to see it applied to tackling race in the workplace Su-Mei Thompson CEO | Media Trust
Many people have never heard their employers talk about race. That’s why we created the Race Fairness Commitment – a set of measures including talking about race in every induction and exit interview. We support Race Equality Week as driver of more conversations about racial justice, and commitments to real change. Raphael Mokades Founder and Managing Director | Rare
Race Equality Week provides a real opportunity for each of us to be a force for good Dominic Christian Global Chairman | Reinsurance Solutions, Aon
As Lord Mayor of the City of London, diversity and inclusion was at the heart of my role. I'm glad to say that we have seen some progress, particularly on gender and LGBTQ+ but we know there is much more to do, especially on race. Race Equality Week, such a simple but brilliant concept, provides everyone with the perfect opportunity to keep the momentum for change going, and even accelerating. Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, DL Former Lord Mayor of London (2013/14)
With organisations and individuals more open to have honest conversations and with public declarations of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we have a real opportunity to turn this moment into meaningful change for the future of the workplace & wider society. Through Race Equality Matters we intend to empower and amplify the voice of ethnic minority employees and provide organisations, networks and individuals with the insight, tools and resource to drive effective action for sustainable change. Raj Tulsiani CEO & Co-Founder | Green Park
Diversity UK is pleased to be a founding partner of the Race Equality Matters because progress on improving race representation at all levels in corporate life, civil society and the public sector in Britain has been too slow. We all need to work towards building back the trust and support of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised and Race Equality Matters is the ideal flag bearer for this progress. Lopa Patel Chair | Diversity UK
Why do we need Race Equality Week? Quite simply because we do not have race equality and, until we do, we have to do everything we can to achieve it through the kind of action and collaboration that Race Equality Week can mobilise. I urge every organisation to participate. Nicholas Cheffings Senior Counsel | Hogan Lovells
As Lord Mayor of the City of London, diversity and inclusion was at the heart of my role. I'm glad to say that we have seen some progress, particularly on gender and LGBTQ+ b ut we know there is much more to do, especially on race. Race Equality Week, such a simple but brilliant concept, provides everyone with the perfect opportunity to keep the momentum for change going, and even accelerating. Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, DL Former Lord Mayor of London (2013/2014)