Race for Opportunity announces winners in workplace race equality index
BT is the most race-friendly organisation to work for according to Race for Opportunity’s annual investigation of race diversity practices in UK organisations. The report reveals that over 90% of those benchmarked are monitoring the ethnicity of their workforce and engaging with ethnic minority stakeholders.
The 2009 Benchmarking Report – Transparency at the Heart of Diversity surveyed 79 organisations, representing 1.5m employees and equivalent to 4% of the UK’s working-age population. The top 5 public and private sector organisations for race diversity revealed in the 2009 Report are: (1) BT; (2) Pearson; (3) The Ministry of Defence;(4) The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and (5) The Home Office.
The report reveals that despite the recession, the organisations benchmarking on race are making significant progress, particularly with engaging current and potential ethnic minority employees. However, despite the organisations taking part in the survey being amongst the best employers for ethnic minorities, the glass ceiling has not been shattered. Only 4.3% of board-level employees are from an ethnic minority, compared to 8.5% in the total workforce.
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