It’s time to eradicate the negative stigma of dyslexia in the comms industry

Madeleine Weightman, Co-Founder of the platform for marketing and comms freelancers, The Work Crowd which has launched launched a diversity board with Hanson Search, explains her family’s experience with dyslexia and provides practical tips for agencies to avoid discriminating against people living with it. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was about 13 and […]

Do you really know who you’re talking to? Why inclusivity matters

By Lucy Beldon, planning and inclusivity lead at CDS. Communications and information clarity – or lack of – have been firmly under the microscope in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. News in all its forms – from updates by the WHO, to local lockdowns and restrictions – have been drafted, shared, and evaluated more than […]

‘As professional communicators, it’s our job to encourage inclusive copy’

By Lucy Beldon, planning and inclusivity lead at CDS. From 23 September 2020, public sector organisations will have a legal duty to make sure their websites and apps meet accessibility requirements. But the basic need for corporations to understand diversity, and subsequently foster inclusion, is nothing new. While inclusivity is something we should all take […]

‘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 […]