Wokingham Borough Council is committed to advancing equality and tackling racism in the workplace and has recently signed up to the Race at Work Charter in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).
The Race at Work Charter is designed to improve outcomes of Ethnic Minority employees in the workplace, a goal which the council sees as key to our vision to be 'a great place to live, learn, work and grow and a great place to do business’. The council joins more than 200 public, private, and charitable organisations who have signed up to the charter.
The charter has five key principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to Ethnic Minority recruitment and progression. By signing up to the charter Wokingham Borough Council is committing to:
- Appoint an executive sponsor for race
- Capture data and publicise its progress
- Ensure zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
- Make equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
- Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression
“There is no place for racism in the workplace or in society for that matter. I know that our Borough is brimming with talented and innovative individuals from our Ethnic Minority communities, who deserve the same opportunities in their career,” said Cllr Parry Batth, interim chair for the Wokingham BME Forum.
“We will soon announce the executive responsible for race who will champion the work we are doing to support equality in the workplace.”
John Halsall, leader of the council, said: “We are proud to have signed the Race at Work Charter and hope this further demonstrates our commitment to tackle racial inequality in the workplace. At Wokingham Borough Council we believe that everyone should be entitled to the same opportunities and we hope our allegiance inspires other local businesses to follow suit.”
Sandra Kerr CBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said: “We would like to thank Wokingham Borough Council for setting out their commitment to being an inclusive and responsible employer. By signing up to the charter they are showing that they aspire to have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the country. Together we can break down barriers in the workplace, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals, and deliver an enormous boost to the long-term economic position of the UK.”
Residents can find out more about the Race at Work Charter here.