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British Army named as one of UK’s Best Employers for Race

The British Army has not only been recognised for good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion, but has also been named as Winner of the Public Sector Recruitment Award in Business in the Community Race Equality Awards.

The British Army has been recognised for its outstanding leadership on race equality and inclusion in the workplace by being included in Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing, published on 30 October 2018.

The Army is one of 70 employers included in the 2018 listing, which recognises good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion and celebrates the public and private sector organisations making a difference in this area. The listing is unranked and is published in alphabetical order.

To be considered for the listing, employers must demonstrate that they are putting leadership on race in place within their organisation, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action on leadership, progression and/or recruitment. They must also show how their policies are positively impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within their organisations.

Additionally, the British Army has been named as the Winner of the Public Sector Recruitment Award category in the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2018. The Awards highlight best practice on race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces, and are open to organisations included in the Best Employers for Race listing. The Award Winners and Highly Commended organisations were announced today at a celebration event in London.

Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said:
“Huge congratulations to The British Army on being named in the Best Employers for Race 2018 listing and as the Winner of the Public Sector Recruitment Award. They have demonstrated strong leadership and commitment on creating fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces that work for all employees, including those from BAME backgrounds. In a rapidly changing global business environment, it’s vital that organisations make the most of all the diverse talent available to them to successfully compete, and the Army is doing just that. I hope more employers will learn from their example and sign up for the Race at Work Charter launched earlier this month.”

Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing was first piloted in 2017 following a recommendation from the Government-backed McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace. The listing aims to ‘identify the best employers in terms of diversity’ and showcase organisations that are leading on workplace race equality. The Best Employers for Race listing also acts as the entry process for the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards, which are now in their 12th year.

The full list of Best Employers for Race and Race Equality Awards Winners and Highly Commended organisations are available via the Business in the Community Awards: http://race.bitc.org.uk.