…[DiversityQ] asked a group of diversity, equality, and inclusion specialists if anything has changed within organisations regarding race equality since 2020’s summer of racial reckoning across the globe. Here Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Founder, 1000 Black Voices, an organisation that furthers Black inclusion, shares her views.
What initiatives have organisations put in place?
For me and my company, 1000 Black Voices, diversity is about recognising difference. It’s also about acknowledging the benefit of having a range of perspectives in decision-making roles and the workforce, stakeholders and customers being a direct representation of the company’s ethos.
But how should businesses create an environment and relevant solutions where equity factors are considered? Businesses and teams must work together in new ways to create inclusive workplaces where employees feel trusted, valued, and psychologically safe. Many companies have pledged to increase the number of diverse voices within their companies, including the c-suite as well as launching other initiatives from posting black squares on their social feeds in solidarity for racial justice to statements of no tolerance for racism, to listening events where key messages are being shared and implementing new internal training programmes. However, the question remains as to whether this activity is making any impact.
To measure this, businesses need to adopt a greater focus on the transparent analysis of all processes and implement tools, including an internal dashboard that captures demographic metrics including ethnicity data, diversity ratio, gender, disability, sexual orientation, pay equity progression and hiring data. Getting a view on these insights can help ensure a level playing field and address any biases and systemic racism on a micro-level.