We are delighted to announce the signing of three key Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) commitments, during Inclusion Week which starts on 27th September.
These include signing up to the Business in the Community’s ‘Race at Work’ Charter, the WiHTL’s ‘Diversity Charter’ and joining the Government’s ‘Disability Confident’ scheme.
The commitments form part bartlett mitchell’s ongoing strategy aimed at ensuring the company is creating an inclusive environment for its teams and clients.
Inclusion Week takes place on 27 September – 3 October with the aim of celebrating everyday inclusion in all its forms. In its 9th year, organisations from across the globe will be celebrating and sharing inspirational inclusion practices.
bartlett mitchell aims to use the week-long initiative to act as a platform to profile its new commitments, and highlight its ongoing work in the area.
Race at Work
Led by Sandra Kerr CBE, the ‘Race at Work’ Charter requires signatories to make five commitments, ranging from appointing an executive sponsor for race, capturing ethnicity data and publicising progress, committing at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying, making clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression.
WiHTL’s ‘Diversity Charter’
The WiHTL’s ‘Diversity Charter’ is devoted to increasing women’s and ethnic minorities’ representation at all levels and in leadership positions across hospitality, travel and leisure. As part of its 10-point charter, bartlett mitchell has committed to a wide range of actions, including supporting the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on the executive and the mid-tier level pipeline, publishing its Gender Pay Gap annually, and ensuring that it works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to tackle barriers to diversity.
‘Disability Confident’ employer scheme
By signing up to the Government’s ‘Disability Confident’ employer scheme, the company has committed to challenging attitudes towards disability, increasing understanding of disability in the workplace, removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, and ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations
ED&I Steering Committee
The company launched its ED&I Steering Committee in July 2020 and, since then, it has undertaken a series of awareness campaigns and training designed to tackle diversity issues and foster a more inclusive workplace for its teams customers and clients.
Murray Soper, Talent & Team Manager, said: “We are delighted to sign three huge important agreements directly aiming to address diversity challenges facing our sector.
“Moving forward, the focus is to expand our activity and to include the additional measuring and monitoring of our own team, enabling us to understand our own diversity profile even further. We aim to continue in a more informed way to remove barriers to recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented groups across our business.”
Ian Thomas, CEO, bartlett mitchell, added: “These commitments are not a nice-to-have but an absolute strategic priority for our business.
“BM has always fostered a culture of inclusivity and we hope that, by commitment to further improve our activity in this area, we can help drive further positive change in our industry.”