BAME equality in the workplace

| 25 April 2019 | 8:30am - 1:30pm
Central London
Hosted by: 
Westminster Employment Forum

Tackling discrimination and bias, reducing the pay gap and improving recruitment and progression

This conference will consider the next steps for government, employers and other stakeholders in improving opportunity and equality at work for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

It follows the launch by government, in collaboration with Business in the Community, of the Race at Work Charter, which set five calls to action for signatories to improve recruitment and progression of ethnic minority employees - including requirements to appoint an executive sponsor for race, a zero-tolerance of harassment and bullying, and making equality the responsibility of all managers.

Delegates will discuss the way forward for the Charter, assessing it’s scope and whether it is sufficiently robust, how take-up can continue to be increased, the practical steps that employers need to take meet the Charter’s principles, and where support for businesses might be needed from government and it’s partners.

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine the Government’s consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, with Government currently considering its response, which looked at what ethnicity pay information should be published by employers to allow for action to be taken and who should be expected to report. It also comes with Government considering the introduction of mandatory pay reporting for organisations with over 250 employees.

With a recent study highlighting the large number of job applications BAME candidates have to make before they receive invitations to interview and calls for employers to be more creative with recruitment practices to improve diversity, delegates will discuss the practical steps that can be taken by employers including the introduction of blind CVs and reviewing interview practices.

Speakers include:

  • Wilf Sullivan, Race Equality Officer, TUC
  • Dr Malcolm Brynin, Reader, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
  • David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and Lead, Diversity, Equality and Human Rights, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Senior representative, business Questions and comments from the floor with
  • Richard Iferenta, Partner, Head of Challenger Banking and Chair, Race Leadership Team, KPMG
  • Chaired by Dawn Butler MP, and Lord Sheikh, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Race and Community