East Midlands Trains named as one of UK’s best employers for race equality

East Midlands Trains has been held up as an example for race equality in British workplaces in a new listing.

The rail operator, part of the Stagecoach Group, was named as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race by charity Business in the Community.

Creating the list was one of the recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year to showcase best practice of race equality in employment.

East Midlands Trains managing director Jake Kelly said: “It is important that our workforce reflects the communities we serve and we need to be a welcoming place for everyone.

“Our recruitment team has been doing a lot of work to encourage a more diverse workforce by tackling the unconscious bias through blind candidate screening and running targeted recruitment campaigns that have encouraged more applications from females and people from ethnic minorities.

“We still have a way to go but it’s great to see that the steps taken so far are starting to pay off, and we’re extremely pleased this has been recognised by Business in the Community.”

Successful organisations had to show evidence they have put leadership on race into place, created inclusive workplace cultures and taken action in at least one of three areas – leadership, progression and recruitment.

They also had to be able to demonstrate the impact of these policies on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees.

The listing is not ranked and includes 65 public and private sector organisations listed alphabetically who collectively represent the best employers for BAME people in the UK.

East Midlands Trains was the only train operator named in the list, which included organisations such as HSBC, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis Partnership, Deloitte, the Department for Transport and British Army.

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to East Midlands Trains on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing.

“They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue.

“I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”

 

Source:  www.nottinghampost.com

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