Race charter commits L&Q to change

Published on 21/05/2019

L&Q has signed up to a sector-leading initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.

The Race at Work Charter consists of five principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to BAME recruitment and progression.

The Charter has already been signed up to by 84 public, private and charitable organisations, including NHS England, Essentra, Santander and St Mungo’s. L&Q is the first in the G15 to sign it.

It was created by Business in the Community, an organisation dedicated to responsible business created by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Organisations that sign up to the charter are committing to:

  • Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race
  • Capturing data and publicising progress
  • Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  • Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression

The move to sign the charter was led by L&Q’s staff network Kaleidoscope.

Jan Gale, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at L&Q, said: “We were already taking these actions, so signing the charter is more about committing to continue the work we’re doing. It’s also a public statement – we want our partners in the G15 to join us. It’s only by working together that we can really stamp out inequality.”

For more information, or to sign the charter, go to https://www.bitc.org.uk