Key Points
  • Progress made towards the Parker Review objectives and McGregor-Smith Review's recommendations and key hurdles still to overcome
  • Towards Ethnicity Pay Reporting and the Race at Work Charter
  • Improving BAME representation in senior leadership roles, developing a sustainable talent pipeline and improving workplace cultures to support diversity


Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Emma Codd, Partner, Deloitte LLP
  • Police Sergeant Tola Munro, President, National Black Police Association (NBPA)
  • Payal Vasudeva, Human Capital Partner, Deloitte
  • Sarah Gregory, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Yvonne Thompson CBE, Member, Parker Review
  • Paulette Mastin, Counsel, Linklaters LLP, and Chair, Black Solicitors Network
  • Julie Foley, Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Executive Champion, Environment Agency


Westminster Insight’s Race in the Workplace Forum provides delegates with a vital update on progress being made towards the Parker Review objectives, McGregor Smith’s recommendations, Ethnicity Pay Reporting and the Race at Work Charter.

The Parker Review put a call to action to improve the ethnic and cultural diversity of UK Boards, whilst McGregor Smith urged businesses to unlock the talent pipeline and foster more inclusive workplaces.

Significant progress is already being made with many companies committing to the Race at Work Charter and The Government consulting to introduce ethnicity pay reporting, with the Resolution Foundation estimating that BAME workers currently face a £3.2bn annual pay penalty.

This forum explores how significant culture change needs to come in the very early stages to ensure BAME can progress from entry-level to senior management positions. With a focus on improving careers advice and recruitment practices to investment in mentoring, training and development to support progression and promotions.

Join our expert panellists showcasing innovative ways to ensure workplaces that support diversity and help retain talent, by addressing bullying, tackling inequality and providing an inclusive environment.

It is clear this is a long-term challenge and more work needs to be done for organisations to better reflect their employee base and the communities they serve.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

09:10 - 09:30
Keynote 1: Progress Against the Parker Review Objectives

 
  • Increasing the ethnic diversity of UK Boards
  • Developing candidates for the pipeline and plan for succession
  • Enhancing transparency and disclosure 

09:30 - 09:50
Keynote 2: Progress Since the McGregor-Smith Review

 
  • Findings from the BITC scorecard report
  • Five Calls to Action: The Race At Work Charter for businesses to improve outcomes for BAME employees

Speakers

Sandra Kerr Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

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09:50 - 10:10
Keynote 3: Ethnicity Pay Reporting in Practice

 
  • Overcoming reporting challenges, such as non-disclosure of ethnicity and ethnicity classifications
  • Making your data effective
  • Getting yourself Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting ready
  • What we can learn from companies that have already reported 
  • Acting on the information to tackle pay gap disparities

10:10 - 10:30
Extended Questions and Discussion with Keynote Speakers

 

10:30 - 11:10
Panel Discussion: Improving Diversity in Senior Leadership Positions

 
  • Progress made towards the Parker Review targets 
  • Key challenges and barriers to increasing diversity in leadership positions
  • Increasing transparency and holding organisations to account
  • Unconscious bias 
  • The role of investors to help improve diversity at board level 
  • Improving BAME entrepreneurship, business ownership and representation in SME’s
  • The role of executive recruiters in supporting clients to increase diversity in senior leadership positions

Speakers

Yvonne Thompson CBE Member, Parker Review

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Payal Vasudeva Human Capital Partner, Deloitte

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11:10 - 11:35
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:35 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: Supporting Diversity in the Workplace

 
  • Examples of impactful initiatives to improve the working environment for BAME
  • Improving ethnicity disclosure rates
  • Tackling inequality in the workplace
  • Internal respect and inclusion training
  • Commitment at Board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Making equality the responsibility of all managers
  • Developing BAME employee networks

Speakers

Emma Codd Partner, Deloitte LLP

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Tola Munro President, National Black Police Association

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12:15 - 12:55
Panel Discussion: Building a Diverse Talent Pipeline - Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

 
  • Improving careers guidance in schools and universities
  • Ensuring a talented stream of potential employees across all sectors
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Investing in training, personal and professional development for BAME
  • Successful mentoring schemes, job shadowing and workplace demonstrations
  • Improving in-house career advice for progression and promotion 
  • Increasing confidence

Speakers

Julie Foley Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Executive Champion, Environment Agency

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Sarah Gregory Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Baker McKenzie

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Paulette Mastin Counsel, Linklaters LLP, and Chair, Black Solicitors Network

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

13:00 - 13:00
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Emma Codd Partner, Deloitte LLP

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Julie Foley Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Executive Champion, Environment Agency

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Sarah Gregory Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Baker McKenzie

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Sandra Kerr Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

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Paulette Mastin Counsel, Linklaters LLP, and Chair, Black Solicitors Network

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Tola Munro President, National Black Police Association

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Yvonne Thompson CBE Member, Parker Review

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Payal Vasudeva Human Capital Partner, Deloitte

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Venue details

Central London


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