Equality, diversity and human rights
Organisations including the NHS, Linklaters, PwC and Zurich have committed to a programme to collectively hire 10,000 black interns, in a bid to improve ethnic diversity in business and to boost job prospects for young black people.
Companies should have at least one BAME board member and set 'clear and stretching' targets for increasing racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and a group of major organisations have insisted.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality charity Stonewall has announced its Top Global Employers for 2020.
People from ethnic minorities in the UK have been hit disproportionately by job losses and reduced hours during the Covid-19 crisis.
Women made up just 21% of employees being put forward for senior roles at financial services firms last year, compared to 79% who were men, according to data from the Financial Conduct Authority.
Progress on increasing diversity at leadership levels has stalled over the past three years with just 51 of 1,097 of the most powerful roles in the UK being held by people from ethnic minorities.
A new bill was reintroduced in parliament this week that aims to give pregnant women and new mothers added legal protections against redundancy.
Seventeen leading law firms, including seven of the top 10 by revenue, have pledged to better promote the careers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers within their ranks and open themselves up for a frank discussion of racism.
The groundswell of support for the Black Lives Matter movement has pushed the call for mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting further up the agenda and employers are being encouraged to begin collecting the data they need now.
A petition urging the Government to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting has gained the support of responsible business network Business in the Community.
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