National Grid has been named one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race in the first index of its kind.
"We also used this as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to building an inclusive culture more broadly across the organisation"
Andy Lee, Talent, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, National Grid.
National Grid is among the top 100 organisations in a recently published list, compiled by Business in the Community (BITC), of UK companies leading the way in tackling racial inequalities.
The award is “a real tribute” to everyone involved in improving inclusion and diversity at National Grid, said Jenni Uotila from our Talent, Inclusion and Diversity team in HR.
Creating a Best Employers for Race list was among the recommendations in the McGregor-Smith Review of race at work as a way to showcase best practice on race equality in UK workplaces.
BITC says the organisations that are ranked in the list collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK. They were selected on the basis of submissions showing the work they are doing to promote inclusive workplace cultures.
Andy Lee, Talent, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, who worked with Jenni on our submission, said entrants were asked for evidence of action in areas including leadership, progression and recruitment which improved the experiences and progression of BAME colleagues. “We also used this as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to building an inclusive culture more broadly across the organisation,” he said.
The submission was supported by ONE, our multi-cultural employee resource group, whose co-lead, Rodney Williams said: “It’s not easy to change the culture of an organisation that’s as well-established as National Grid, but there are some great people here and the support, drive and energy shown by everyone involved is a credit to them.”
Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at BITC, said companies such as National Grid “are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities.
“I hope more employers will follow your example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”
For more information, read the full list of the Best Employers for Race 2017.