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Compass signs Race at Work Charter

Compass Group UK & Ireland has signed up to the Race at Work Charter, in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).

The Race at Work Charter is designed to foster a commitment to improving outcomes of black, Asian and minority ethnic BAME employees in the workplace across the UK.

It consists of five principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to BAME recruitment and progression. Organisations that sign up to the charter are committing to:

  • Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race
  • Capturing data and publicising progress
  • Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  • Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression

Compass Group UK & Ireland is joining around 200 public, private and charitable organisations that have also signed up to the charter. It builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, ‘Race in the workplace’, which found that people from BAME backgrounds were still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented at senior levels.

Robin Mills, MD, Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “I believe passionately in equality and diversity, and now is a galvanising moment for Compass Group UK & Ireland as well as wider society. We want to celebrate the rich diversity in our business and signing the Race at Work Charter will help us to understand and tackle issues as part of a wider community. Internally we’re also taking steps in the right direction to encourage greater inclusivity and we know our people and our business will thrive on this journey.”

Managing Director of RA Group, Alice Woodwark has been announced as the Executive Team sponsor and Rak Kalidas, has been appointed Head of Diversity and Inclusion. They will lead on Compass’ strategic vision of diversity, including priorities such as creating a Cultural Diversity Employee Network and employee listening groups, to inform a detailed action plan.

 

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