Poll shows big rise in diversity and inclusion drives since pandemic

An Opinium survey shows a big rise in employers taking action on diversity and inclusion since the pandemic.

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The number of employers implementing new diversity and inclusion drives has almost trebled since the Black Lives Matter protests, according to the latest Multicultural Britain survey.

The Opinium poll of 2,000 adults shows 27% of minority ethnic workers say their employers had introduced new initiatives during the last 12 months in response to the global movement, up from 10% in 2020, the year in which protests began.

47% of minority ethnic workers also said they have seen their employer take some sort of action to tackle racism and diversity problems, with this up from 40% in 2020. While in 2020, 73% of minority-ethnic people said they had experienced discrimination, the proportion has now fallen to 64%. Experts say this could in part be the effect of working more from home during the pandemic.

Priya Minhas, lead researcher of the Multicultural Britain series, said: “While there have been improvements in increased satisfaction in what employers are doing, and more people feeling that businesses and organisations are making an authentic effort to tackle racism, there is still work to be done and clearly there are still issues in the workplaces that need to be addressed.”



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