Metro Bank has become a signatory to the Race at Work Charter, emphasising its commitment to further improving equal opportunities for black, Asian, mixed race and ethnically diverse colleagues.
The Race at Work Charter builds on findings from Business in the Community’s 2021 Race at Work Survey, which found that while 76% of employers said that race recruitment and progression was a priority, only 46% had set targets to improve the racial diversity of their boards.
“Signing up to the Race at Work Charter is a milestone for Metro Bank as diversity and inclusion is a huge focus for us and plays a pivotal role in our strategy,” explained Carol Frost, Chief People Officer, Metro Bank. “Being a signatory of the Race at Work Charter ensures we are aligning with other workplaces and taking the same tangible steps to fostering a more inclusive workplace.”
The survey also found that whilst 99 percent of employers have a zero-tolerance policy on racial harassment and bullying, black, Asian, mixed race and ethnically diverse employees are twice as likely than white employees to have experienced or witnessed racist harassment from managers, customers, clients, and colleagues.
The Race at Work Charter calls on businesses to:
- Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race
- Capture data and publicise progress
- Ensure zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
- Make equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
- Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression
- Support race inclusion allies in the workplace
- Include black, Asian, mixed race and other ethnically diverse-led enterprise owners in supply chains
Launched in 2018, the Race at Work Charter builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, which found that people from black, Asian, mixed race and ethnically diverse backgrounds are still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented at senior levels.
Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Director, Business in the Community, said: “We would like to thank Metro Bank for publicly committing to be an inclusive and responsible employer. By signing up to the charter, they are joining over 900 businesses which are working together so that the UK can have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the world. By taking collective action, we can break down workplace barriers, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals regardless of their ethnicity and deliver an enormous boost to the long-term economic position of the UK.”