We are excited to announce Walking the Talk, a new cross sectoral partnership between Russam, Trustees Unlimited, New Philanthropy Capital, brap, Community Links, Chwarae Teg, and The Peel.
Over the next few months, New Philanthropy Capital will be commissioning a collection of contributions that explore how organisations have improved equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This is important because, even with the best intentions, organisations can struggle to know where to start on this journey.
Our hope is that these honest and practical examples shared by other voluntary, private and public sector organisations will empower charities to make positive changes to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. At the end of the project, we aim to have provided both the inspiration and practical tools to take action.
Why diversity isn’t enough
There has been a lot of high-level debate in the charity sector about the need to improve the diversity of its workforce. There is a moral case for improving equality, diversity and inclusion, and there is clear evidence of benefits for business impact too. These two imperatives are inseparable and we will be exploring both in this series.
But diversity alone is not enough; we need to go further. You could have a very diverse organisation where all of the people of colour or women are in lower paid jobs. So, embracing equality means there is diversity at all levels of leadership, including the trustee board. And we argue that inclusion means everyone feels comfortable in the workplace and able to achieve their full potential, regardless of their background or protected characteristics.
There is no perfect language to describe this topic. For now, we are using the term Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI.) But we hope that, through our upcoming series, we might provoke and promote a more frank discussion about power sharing in the social sector.
We do not pretend to know all the answers but we are challenging ourselves, and our sector colleagues, to step up and do better.