Law and hospitality firms sign up to action to counter racism

Law firms and employers in the hospitality sector have signed up to commitments to take action to recruit and promote Black and ethnic minority members of staff.



Several of London’s leading City law firms have signed up to a commitment to promote career progression for Black and ethnic minority lawyers.

The Race Fairness Commitment [RFC] commits signatories, including Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance, to a close analysis of quantitative data and monitoring throughout the careers of BAME lawyers, from recruitment to senior promotion, in order to identify and attack the points at which they may unfairly be falling behind their peers.

Other measures ensure that junior ethnic minority lawyers have access to senior management and that race and racism are talked about in every induction and exit interview. Interview and offer rates, retention rates, pay and promotion rates will be actively monitored as they relate to ethnic minority lawyers; and, where appropriate, published.

The RFC also includes an explicit commitment to continue to foster workplaces where BAME people can be themselves at work as much as White people – without feeling the need to be inauthentic in terms of their speech or culture, simply in order to “fit in”.

Meanwhile, 15 companies in the Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure Collaboration Community have now signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.  They include British Airways, Compass Group, Hilton, McDonald’s Restaurants and Nando’s.

The charter commits businesses to appoint an Executive Sponsor for race to drive action forward, such as target setting for ethnic minority representation, briefing recruitment agencies and supporting mentoring and sponsorship; to capture ethnicity data and publicise progress; to commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying; to make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers; and to take action that supports ethnic minority career progression, such as embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship in their organisations.

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community (BITC) said: “Diversity and inclusion are key to a responsible recovery so I’m pleased to see that the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors – despite suffering some of the biggest economic hits due to the coronavirus pandemic – are reasserting their commitment to race equality by signing up to Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter.”

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