Race in the Workplace Review

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of the Race in the workplace: the McGregor-Smith review, published on 28 February 2017.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has been working with Business in the Community and others to provide support and guidance to employers in implementing the McGregor-Smith review recommendations. In March 2017 the first annual best employer for race list was opened with 66 employers listed. In October 2017 BITC published the ‘let’s talk about race’ booklet and a portal of best practice for employers.

In October 2018, the Prime Minister launched a consultation on how best to implement mandatory ethnicity pay reporting and we will set out next steps in due course. Alongside this, the Race at Work Charter was announced which commits signatories to effective practices that support fairness at work. So far over 160 employers have signed up.

The Government commissioned a ‘One year on’ report to assess the extent to which the review’s recommendations had been implemented and this was published in October 2018.

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