19 September 2016
Attracting and progressing black and minority ethnic talent is a business imperative
The CBI has responded to Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith’s review into the issues faced by employers in developing BME talent.
Last year the government asked Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie, to lead a review into issues faced by businesses in developing black and minority ethnic (BME) talent. Our response was developed in collaboration with members from across the country through roundtables, interviews and other opportunities for input.
The submission sets out the business imperative for increasing opportunities in employment for ethnic minority groups, including the greater opportunity for employers to fill skills gaps, raise productivity and drive innovation. Businesses are keen to work with the government and each other to improve the recruitment and progression of ethnic minorities. We set out the business view that tackling current obstacles will be achieved by:
- Taking voluntary approaches to improving ethnic diversity as part of business’ wider opportunity to build inclusive workplaces
- Collecting ethnicity data to identify barriers and set voluntary targets for improvement
- Increasing employees’ confidence to discuss race and ethnicity in the workplace to drive cultural change
- Schools and colleges working with business to better support ethnic minority students’ to transition into work
- Judging candidates on skills and competencies to increase recruitment from ethnic minority groups
- Making employee development part of line managers’ appraisals to improve progression