Category: RACE DIVERSITY

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Top 100 black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business leaders

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald tops the 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List was announced on May 25, 2017, alongside The EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the FT, as part of the ongoing ambition to address the diversity deficit at the very top of businesses. The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List EMpower, now in its second year, is a unique initiative that unites business leaders from across all BAME communities, showcasing the Top 100 BAME executives in the UK, Ireland, US and...

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Firms urged to publish ethnic breakdown

A government-backed review has called for many firms to publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay. The report by Baroness McGregor-Smith said the economy could receive a £24bn annual boost if businesses stamped out ethnic inequality. It found that people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds were still often disadvantaged at work. But the government has ruled out legislation on such a breakdown, opting for a voluntary approach instead. “The time for talk on race in the workplace is over, it’s time to act”, said Baroness McGregor-Smith, whose report was commissioned by the former business secretary...

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Black judge claims he was discriminated against by disciplinary panel

Judge Peter Herbert to receive an apology and a dressing down after publicly saying racism ‘sometimes’ exists in the judiciary.. A disciplinary panel has recommended that a prominent black judge should receive both an apology and “formal advice” – a dressing down – after its members found he committed misconduct in a speech he made referring to a fellow judge and that the matter had not been handled well. While Judge Peter Herbert welcomed the apology he also said his treatment by the judiciary had made him feel “like a nigger” and is appealing against the findings of the Judicial...

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BRINGING ETHNIC DIVERSITY TO BRITAIN’S BOARDROOMS

Trevor Phillips interview: ‘Lenny Henry’s celebrity has allowed us to be heard’ – bringing ethnic diversity to Britain’s boardrooms.. A call in spring 2014 from Lenny Henry for cash to boost the presence of ethnic minorities in the broadcasting industry – on and off-screen – set a hare running. “When he made the speech I sent him an email which said: ‘I don’t care what you think mate, you’ve just been elected leader,’” says Phillips, the broadcaster and former head of the Commission for Racial Equality. The answer he got back was: “Get out of here.” Thanks to interest from...

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IS RACE BEING ERODED FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA

The row over two equality and human rights commissioners is symptomatic of coalition failure to engage, argues Ratna Lachman from Bradford. The news that the two of the current Equality and Human Rights commissioners – Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece have not been called for an interview despite putting their names forward to be reappointed, raises serious questions about whether the government is seeking to erode the Race agenda. Since the coalition came to power, we have seen what amounts to an assault by the government against its minority ethnic citizens, unprecedented in scale and pointing to institutional racism...

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NHS BOSS CRITICISES LACK OF DIVERSITY IN MANAGEMENT

New chief executive says there is a lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals. The NHS‘s new boss has criticised the lamentable lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals which, he warned, meant they are not reflecting the communities they serve. Simon Stevens, who began last month as chief executive of NHS England, said he is so concerned that he is developing a plan to tackle the service’s inaction over the lack of diversity in its leadership, which he claimed was holding the NHS back. This comes only a...

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NIGEL FARAGE AND UKIP’S BIGOTED POPULISM

Nigel Farage continues to insist that we should be worried if Romanians move in next door (Farage remarks branded racist by three senior Labour figures, 20 May), while YouGov finds that 51% of Ukip voters think immigrants and their families (including those born here) should be encouraged to leave Britain. This merely confirms what was already obvious, yet apparently needs to be spelled out: Ukip is a party that spreads and feeds off racism and xenophobia. For many years the rightwing tabloids have waged a campaign of hysteria about asylum and immigration, while both main political parties have either contributed or...

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DIVERSITY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: IT’S A SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

The workers of Whitehall are still mostly white and male. Reports that there are more ethnic minority civil servants now is undercut by the realisation that their chance of promotion is on the slide. Who didn’t love the Machiavellian trio who ran the country in Yes Minister? They were very sharp-witted, very articulate, very learned, very male and very white. When dramatic threat was needed, an assertive woman was thrown into the mix, and as far as Sir Humphrey was concerned, she may as well have been a Visigoth. Things aren’t that bad in today’s civil service. But they are a...

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MY UNIVERSITY PAYS LIP SERVICE TO EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

Universities trot out BME staff for photos in their prospectuses, but when it comes to promotions, we are left at the end of the queue. I am a member of my university’s BME staff group. Over the years, it has changed from a forum for us to discuss issues of racism, representation, and discrimination, to a co-opted showpiece for the university to show that it is doing its bit towards supporting equality. Many of us stopped attending meetings when we realised what this new incarnation meant. Our current BME staff tick lots of boxes for the university: we appear in the...

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DIVERSITY DEFICIT ROBS TOP FIRMS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, STUDY SHOWS

According to Green Park study, among the 289 executive roles just 10 were held by people from ethnic minorities. Britain’s biggest companies have been warnedthat they are missing out on business opportunities because of the “diversity deficit” at the top of their organisations, where only a handful of senior roles are held by women or ethnic minorities. A new analysis into the 100 top individuals at each of the 100 largest UK companies found that only three of the chairmen (there is only one woman chair in the FTSE 100) were not white, all but five chief executives were white and...