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Bartlett Mitchell Commits to Race at Work Charter Ahead of Black History Month

Bartlett Mitchell Commits to Race at Work Charter Ahead of Black History Month
01 October 2020
 

Bartlett Mitchell has announced a series of measures aimed at strengthening its commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality.

One of the UK’s leading independent caterers, the company has committed to the Business In the Community Race at Work Charter, a body which works to make sure companies are representative of British society today.

Bartlett Mitchell has timed the launched to coincide with Black History Month 2020.

The latest Race at Work Charter survey, conducted in 2019, showed that 84 per cent of employers have a senior Race Champion. However, only 41 per cent of employers have targets to increase the racial diversity of their boards and executive teams.

 

“We have taken the opportunity to review our activity and formalise a strategy which will be deeply embedded into our business.”

–Ian Thomas

CEO, Bartlett Mitchell

 

New Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee 

 

As part of the commitment to the Race at Work Charter, Bartlett Mitchell has developed a four-year strategy which will be led by a diversity and inclusion steering committee - with the aim of increasing D&I awareness across the business.

 The committee will ensure that a culturally diverse team provides food and service experiences reflecting many perspectives and world views. 

It will also ensure that the business will be carrying out a range of activities such as planning annual celebration days. Their remit includes reviewing relevant training and recognising development needs.

 

Black History Month 2020

 

Alongside this, and as part of Black History Month, the company will be hosting themed dining menus, developing a series of D&I based blogs for team members, as well as recognising and sharing different cultural menus via Yapster - the company’s internal communications platform.

Ian Thomas, CEO at Bartlett Mitchell, said: “As a business, we have always been proud of the incredibly diverse talent we have amongst our team and take time to share and recognise this whether possible.

 “However, with recent events in mind, we have taken the opportunity to review our activity and formalise a strategy which will be deeply embedded into our business.”

Picture: a photograph of some Bartlett Mitchell employees holding baskets of fresh food

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 01 October 2020

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