RACE EQUALITY WEEK

With Race being such a pertinent issue being discussed across the UK, in offices, shop floors and board rooms, there is a need to pull everything together and to maximise impact of a UK wide collaboration.

Taking place in February, Race Equality Week will be a UK-wide initiative to unite organisations and individuals in activity to address issues affecting ethnic minority employees. 

Organisations will be able to register to join the Race Equality Week badge campaign and to receive tools and resources to facilitate conversation, activity and commitment to change.

Theme – Transparency and Accountability

WHY GET INVOLVED

It is good for business; it is good for your employees and it is good for your community.
We have mental health awareness week, we have breast cancer awareness month, we have carers week and black history month, but we don’t have anything for all Races united.

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

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)

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

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

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)

Race Equality Week provides a real opportunity for each of us to be a force for good Dominic Christian Global Chairman | Reinsurance Solutions, Aon

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. Nichola Cheffings Senior Council | Hogan Lovells

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

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

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are 4 key options, which have been developed in collaboration with ethnic minority stakeholders who believe that it will help make an impact.
Your organisation can opt for one or any combination of the following:

Safe Space - Guiding conversation into action.

Supported by our Race Equality Network, Safe Space will help you to create the environment required to enable a meaningful and purposeful dialogue between board members and ethnic minority employees. With a focus on creating meaningful change.

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Do your own thing

That has been approved by your ethnic minority employee network.

WHAT TO EXPECT

We will support organisations with:

  • Participants resource pack: Promotional materials; PR & Comms messaging and top tips
  • Webinar how to workshops for the initiatives including the pin badge campaign, Safe Space and the BIG Promise.
  • A network – Exchange of ideas and support with other organisations.
  • Thought leadership and insights.

What it’s not:

  • Putting up a slogan.
  • Having a conversation with ethnic minority employees with no follow up action to create meaningful change.
  • Putting the sole responsibility on your Race Network or ethnic minority employees.

Become Part of the Movement

Cost: Free
Criteria: Your involvement

Please register your interest to be kept informed, be part of the movement, access the tools and support and help make the change we are all striving for.

Register