Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace – tackling discrimination and bias, reducing the pay gap and improving recruitment and progression

Dr Malcolm Brynin will be speaking about his recent ESRC research on pay gaps at a forthcoming Westminster Employment Forum on 25 April 2019.

The 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 its scope and whether it is sufficiently robust, how take-up can 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 its partners.

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine the government’s consultation on ethnicity pay reporting. The government is currently considering the introduction of mandatory pay reporting for organisations with over 250 employees.

Key note speaker

Simon Woolley, Chair, Race Disparity Advisory Group and Director, Operation Black Vote


Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Lord Sheikh, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Race and Community


Dr Malcolm Brynin, Reader, Institute for Social and Economic

Rob Wall, Head of Policy, Chartered Management Institute

Richard Iferenta, Partner, Head of Challenger Banking and Chair, Race Leadership Team, KPMG

Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Charlene Brown, Associate, Employment Law, Morgan Lewis

David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and Lead, Diversity, Equality and Human Rights, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Wilf Sullivan, Race Equality Officer, TUC

Sanjay Bhandari, Assurance Cross-Service Line Solutions Lead, Ernst and Young

Cynthia Davis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BAME Recruitment

Further information at Westminster Employment Forum


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