Mentoring

Race at the Top’ is the most comprehensive picture of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in leadership in UK business today. It finds that there has been virtually no ethnicity change in top management positions in the five years between 2007 and 2012.‘



17 Sept 2014: The FRC has released updates to the UK Corporate Governance Code – including the significant inclusion of ‘and race’. The FRC now clearly defines diversity as ‘gender and race’ when referencing the importance of diversity at board level as a means of ‘establishing tone from the top’ to influence corporate culture, value and business strategy. The addition of ‘and race’ has been included within the preface to the 2014 Code and for consultation for the 2016 Code.







By 2051, one in five people in the UK will be from an ethnic minority background, representing a scale of consumer spending and political voting power that business and government alike cannot afford to ignore. The gap must not be allowed to widen further, but without action, little will change. I am calling on government for a ‘Lord Davies’ review to amplify understanding around the barriers BAME employees face in reaching management positions, and for two simple words – “and race” – to be added to the UK Corporate Governance Code. We urgently need these to happen if we are to ensure that we don’t pass the point of no return.




- Sandra Kerr OBE,

Campaign Director, Race for Opportunity
Sadly, the pipeline does not give us hope for the future; the gap at management level has worryingly widened between 2007 and 2012.  
In the UK today, one in 10 employed people are BAME, yet only one in 16 of top management positions and one in 13 management positions are held by BAME people.  By 2051, one in five people in the UK will be from an ethnic minority background, representing a scale of consumer spending and political voting power that business and government alike cannot afford to ignore . The gap must not be allowed to widen further, but without action, little will change.  This is about business sense, not moral pleading.  
Race for Opportunity is calling for a government review into racial barriers in the workplace that is akin to the Lord Davies review into gender, and for two words - ‘and race’ - to be added to the UK Corporate Governance Code.
We believe that this government-led action will be a powerful force for creating change, and without it the current intake of BAME workers will be unable to progress equally and fairly compared to their white counterparts.  
The campaign is also calling on employers in all sectors to do more to attract and retain BAME workers and ensure equal progression, and we make recommendations in the report to support this. 
Race at the Top Key Findings
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