British Water Adds Voice to Diversity Campaign
Feb 17, 2021
British Water has become the latest organisation to pledge its support to the Change the Race Ratio campaign to accelerate racial diversity in business.
Its launch followed publication in February 2020 of the updated Parker Review into ethnic diversity in UK boardrooms, which showed insufficient progress had been made on recommendations made in 2017.
As a Change the Race Ratio signatory, British Water has made four commitments, to:
- Increase racial and ethnic diversity among board members
- Increase racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership
- Be transparent on actions
- Create and inclusive culture in which talent from all diversities can thrive
British Water chief executive Lila Thompson said: “We are incredibly proud to join this important campaign to Change the Race Ratio among senior leaders in business.
“By joining forces with a high profile, multi-sector campaign, we will become part of a collective drive to build a more diverse UK workforce that captures the very best talent from all backgrounds.”
CBI President and chair of Change the Race Ratio Lord Bilimoria said: “I’m delighted that British Water has signed up to the Change the Race Ratio campaign and committed to increasing racial and ethnic participation across their senior leadership team.
“We know that business has a key role to play in society, not just in delivering the jobs and growth that our economy depends on but driving lasting change. It’s not enough to ask for better representation of the customers we serve and communities we operate in. As a business community, we must be ready to hold ourselves to account if we want to see diverse and inclusive workplaces right across the UK.”
British Water’s support of Change the Race Ratio is its latest commitment to create a more inclusive workforce. In 2018, the association launched its ongoing Women on Water campaign and in February 2020, set out a series of promises to ensure equality for employees from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and gender balance in recruitment and appointments to the board. In June 2020, British Water signed the Energy & Utilities Skills Inclusion Commitment.
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