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View from 'The Voice': Diversity needs action not talk

INSPIRATION: Rashada Harry

RASHADA HARRY and her Your Future, Your Ambition (YFYA) project are to be congratulated on six years of continued success in encouraging young people to think about a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Major companies such as Bloomberg, BP and the National Grid are among the organisations who are taking YFYA’s message seriously.

Congratulations must also be extended to Chris Hughton and Hope Powell who have achieved a double first at Brighton Hove Albion – it’s the first time that a club has had a black coach as head of the men’s and women’s team.

What both stories clearly show is that diversity is no longer an issue that the UK can ignore.
Without even needing to get into any statistics, we all know that the country is getting more and more diverse.

Forward thinking companies such as Bloomberg and football clubs like Brighton and Hove Albion are leading the way in embracing diversity. There are very strong reasons why other companies should follow that lead.


PICTURED: Chris Hughton

Recent statistics from the Policy Exchange show that the proportion of UK citizens from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities is expected to double in the next few decades and will be between 20 and 30 percent by 2050, “radically changing the face of Britain.”

Smart organisations are realising that demographics are rapidly changing and its not enough any more to just talk about diversity. Sadly too few organisations are following in Brighton’s footsteps.


PROGRESS: Hope Powell

Whether it’s the lack of diversity in the media or the scarcity of black football managers the publication of reports every other year has made the issue become something of a talking shop.

One question that has been raised in response to this is ‘Is it time for quotas?’
They work quickly because companies are legally forced to comply and failure to do so usually involves penalties.

Quotas may not be popular in the UK. However decades of well meaning initiatives are not achieving greater equality for future generations.

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