‘I thought my experiences of racist abuse in PR were bad luck’

A new CIPR report finds a profession with declining levels of ethnic diversity and with insufficient action being taken to address the issue. Elizabeth Bananuka, Founder BME PR Pros, reflects on a problem which public relations has been unable, or unwilling, to tackle. It’s a common myth that my personal experiences were the reason why …

A decade of promises and good intentions

In August 2016, I wrote a blog looking forward to 2020. Several media bodies had begun diversity reviews and initiatives with the initial results of those programmes to be announced in that year. The likes of the BBC and Channel 4 had looked in the mirror and came up with a series of recommendations to …

Pride 2020: A time to refocus

By Ollie Tunmore, The first of June typically marks the beginning of Pride season, which spans the duration of summer and focuses on celebrating the diverse history of the LGBTQ+ community – past, present and future. This year, however, due to the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19, the summer calendar of events for Pride in 2020 …

Workplace culture: The secret to belonging

Diversity makes good business sense, but it may not be enough to guarantee everyone will feel happy at work. So how do you build a culture that is welcoming for all? By Rosie Gailor, Having a diverse team means building from all corners: age, gender, socio-economic background, race, sexuality and neurodiversity. Being inclusive, however, means …

Gender pay: BBC controversy highlights reputational risk

By Antonia Welch, It could one day end up as a PR case study: an organisation which prides itself on its progressive credentials and has been known to lecture its audiences on diversity and equality issues loses a discrimination case brought against it by one of its own employees. The damning unanimous verdict is that the …

Mind the diversity gap: equality and inclusion work in the NHS

By Shak Rafiq, communications manager for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Diversity and inclusion matter, there’s plenty of evidence to support this. According to McKinsey (2015) companies that commit themselves to diversity are more successful as they win top talent, improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction and decision making. Inclusive practices help build a …

Diversity is about more than gender or ethnicity

This week is a symbolic moment for diversity and inclusion in public relations (PR) with the arrival of the UK’s first BAME PR professionals’ conference. It’s a reflection of a wider movement in business, with PR employers increasingly encouraged to show leadership. People are asking valid questions, such as why a sector so dominated by …

Anonymous CVs and PR recruitment

Anonymous Talent mornings to tackle the current talent shortage and drive diversity are being trialed by PR agencies in London this Autumn. f1 Recruitment, co founders of BAME2020, are working with several PR agencies in London trialing the initiative to help them fill talent gaps from a diverse pool including BAME and mature candidates. Blind …