Brent named as a Best Employer for Race in new listing

6 November 2017

  • Brent Council has been identified as one of the UK's best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and is the only council to make the list
  • Listing highlights best practice on workplace race equality and inclusion
  • Participation in the list is a recommendation from The McGregor-Smith Review into race in the workplace

Brent Council has been named by Business in the Community as one of the UK's Best Employers for Race in a new listing published - the only council to make the list.


Creating a Best Employers for Race list was one of the recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year to showcase best practice on race equality in UK workplaces.


Successful organisations had to evidence that they are putting leadership on race into place within their organisations, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action in at least one of three areas; leadership, progression and recruitment.


They also had to be able to demonstrate the impact of these policies on BAME employees.


The listing is unranked and includes 65 public and private sector organisations listed in alphabetical order who collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK


Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:


"As a council we celebrate Brent's diversity and we work hard to ensure that council staff have the opportunity to rise within the organisation, regardless of their background.


"We always aim to encourage, develop and support our best talent from underrepresented groups and ensure that staff always treat one another with the dignity and respect they deserve.


"To be recognised by Business in the Community as one of the UK's Best Employers for Race is testament to our efforts and goes to show that Brent as an employer is leading the way for race equality and inclusion."


Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said:


"Congratulations to Brent Council on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing.


"They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue.


"I hope more employers will follow their 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."