Racial Diversity Principles: How many do you meet and which CEOs have already committed?

A new report released on 17 June showcased some concerning statistics about the level of racism that exists within the charity sector.

The report, Home Truths, which was published by ACEVO and Voice4Change, revealed over two thirds of people working for charities have experienced, witnessed or heard stories of racism within the sector.

To help tackle the systemic issues, ACEVO and Voice4Change have said leaders must be held accountable for progress on DEI targets, and are urged to ‘take ownership’ of their learning on racism and anti-racism, so that they can help to challenge and undo racist systems.

As part of this process, charity leaders have been encouraged to commit to eight principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership. But how many of the following do you/will you pledge to?

Racial Diversity Principles

As a leader I will:

1. Acknowledge that there is a problem with racial diversity in the charity sector and commit to working to change that.

2. Recognise the important role leaders have in creating change by modelling positive behaviour and taking action.

3. Learn about racial bias and how it impacts leadership decisions.

4. Commit to setting permanent and minimum targets for diversity that reflects the participants, donors, beneficiaries and the population of the area that my charity operates in.

5. Commit to action and invest resources, where necessary, in order to improve racial diversity in my charity.

6. View staff as the sum of many parts rather than a single entity and recruit to build a diverse group of talented people collectively working towards a shared vision.

7. Recruit for potential, not perfection.

8. Value lived experience, the ability to draw from one’s lived experience and to bring insights to an organisation that can develop its work.

Who has made the commitments?

The following leaders are among those to have already committed to the principles:

- Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO
- Thomas Lawson, CEO, Turn2Us
- Michael Adamson, chief executive, British Red Cross
- Girish Menon, CEO, ActionAid UK
- Howard Sinclair, chief executive, St. Mungo’s
- Helena Holt, chief executive, Devon Air Ambulance
- Penny Wilson, chief executive, Gettting on Board
- Peter Lewis, CEO, Institute of Fundraising
- Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK
- Dalton Leong, CEO, The Children’s Trust
- Anna Smee, CEO, UK Youth
- Matt Lent, CEO, Future First
- Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society
- Tesse Akpeki, governance consultant, facilitator and trainer
- Javed Khan, CEO, Barnados

To read the full list of CEOs, please click here.

Want to commit?

E-mail policy@acevo.org.uk to make your pledge.

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