D&I Roundtable: Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
In 2018 the government commissioned the charity Business in the Community (BITC) to research the steps organisations are taking to eliminate the ethnicity pay gap. BITC will also be putting forward recommendations valuable to all sectors. This has followed the publication of the McGregor-Smith Review into black, Asian and minority ethnic participation and progression in the workplace.
Research was published in October 2018 and created the evidence for the Race at Work Charter launched by the Prime Minister. Followng the publicatiion, we are delighted to welcome Sandra Kerr, BITC’s Race Equality Director, to speak for WIG. Sandra is keen to engage with organisations to ensure a more inclusive approach to engagement with clients & customers, performance objectives and sponsorship & mentoring.
As well as hearing from Sandra, this will be your opportunity to meet other individuals from across the sectors on steps taken to banish the ethnicity pay gap. It will give you an understanding of developing a culture around themes such as sponsorship, gaining further insight into different lived experiences.
About the speaker:
Sandra is Business in the Community’s Race Equality Director. Before joining Business in the Community, Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and inclusion. In January 2012, Sandra was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People.
Sandra also chairs the Trustee Board of Elevation Networks. Sandra spearheaded the largest ever survey on race in the workplace with 24,457 responses - Race at Work 2015. In January 2016 she was invited to join the Royal Society Diversity Committee and is also a Commissioner on the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR) Commission on Economic Justice. Now, she is busy taking forward the recommendations from the government review into Race in the Workplace 2017.