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On 1 December 2019, we became an official signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter. This is a fantastic achievement by our Race Action Group.

The Charter is based on five calls to action:

Appoint an executive sponsor for race 

Dana Grey, Director of Legal and Compliance & Ethics and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Sponsorship Group. She  provides visible leadership on race and ethnicity in the workplace, and drives actions to set targets for effective representation of ethnic minorities.

Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress

Through our diversity data campaign, we're seeking to capture data on ethnicity at all levels to effectively monitor representation, recruitment, pay, and progression.

Commit at board level to a zero tolerance of harassment and bullying

25 per cent of ethnic minority employees have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace. It’s important to us that everyone is able to work in an environment that is inclusive and free from bullying and harassment in order to achieve their potential. Our core values and policies exist to ensure that nobody at the PPF experiences this kind of treatment and feels empowered to make their voice heard.

Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers

Those in leadership roles in the organisation are instructed to operate on a fair and inclusive level that's beneficial to all employees, regardless of their protected characteristics.

Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression

Our diversity data campaign is working to drive change. By compiling more employee data than ever we'll be able to draw on reports that enable us to assess the areas we need to focus on, like the ethnicity pay gap report.

Signing up to the Charter shows our commitment to tackling barriers that ethnic minorities face in the workplace, and working to improve and create a representative society.