Barking and Dagenham first council to sign up to the Race at Work Charter
Barking and Dagenham Council is among the first signatories of the Race at Work Charter announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday 11 October – the first local authority to do so.
The Charter, developed by charity Business in the Community in conjunction with Government, seeks commitment from organisations to increase the recruitment and progression of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees.
Barking and Dagenham is the first local authority to pledge their commitment to the Charters’ actions, which include embedding mentoring and a zero-tolerance approach to bullying.
Cllr Dominic Twomey, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Core Services, said he was ‘proud’ to be among the first signatories, and that this ‘affirmed the council’s vow to be an equal opportunities employer’.
“Barking and Dagenham is one of the capital’s most diverse boroughs and it is important our workforce reflects this"
He said: “Barking and Dagenham is one of the capital’s most diverse boroughs and it is important our workforce reflects this.
“In 2016 we were the first council in the country to adopt a Gender Equality Charter, we have more women in Cabinet than ever before, and we have already been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.
“By signing up to the Charter we are making an important public statement of our intent to continue to ensure representation at all levels in the council, particularly in our leadership and management teams. Strengthening the diversity in our workforce can only enrich the service we offer local people.”