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                                                   equality in publishing


                                           Publishing Equalities Charter




If you would like more information,
or to schedule a meeting please contact:

Bobby Nayyar
Research Fellow
bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk
020 7040 3335
07891169286

Equip
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk
www.city.ac.uk
Contents



    Introduction................................................................................................................... 3


    Notes for CEOs and HR Managers........................................................ 4


    Publishing Equalities Charter.................................................................... 5


    Membership Obligations............................................................................... 6


    Benefits of Membership.................................................................................. 7


    Promotion of Your Work.................................................................................. 8


    How to Join the Charter. ................................................................................. 9


    Questions & Answers....................................................................................... 11


    Suggested Actions.............................................................................................. 15


    History of Equip...................................................................................................... 19


    Contact Us.....................................................................................................................20




                                                                                                                                        1
Introduction


      Equip would like to thank the following organisations        The Publishing Equalities Charter programme was launched at the London
    who collaborated to draft the Publishing Equalities Charter:   Book Fair in 2010. It draws its inspiration from the Equality Act 2010, more details
                                                                   of which can be found on page six of this booklet. Over the course of one year,
                                                                   Equip has been collaborating with a number of trade associations to create
                                                                   a framework that publishers, booksellers and agents can join, regardless
                                                                   of size or output, to achieve the following aim:


                                                                   To help promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and
                                                                   agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to
                                                                   opportunities within the industry.


                                                                   We recognise that many publishers already have diversity and equality
                                                                   practices in place. The Charter is a means to acknowledge and celebrate this
                                                                   across the industry. It is also an opportunity to bring new ideas to the table and
                                                                   start a new dialogue between companies.
                                                                   In this booklet you will find detailed information about why the Publishing
                                                                   Equalities Charter is beneficial to your business, how to join the project, how
                                                                   it will be progressed and some suggestions for projects you could action in
                                                                   your company.
                                                                   Best wishes,
                                                                   Bobby Nayyar
                                                                   Research Fellow
                                                                   City University London




2                                                                                                                                                         3
Equality Act 2010                                                                          Equalities Charter


    The Publishing Equalities Charter has its roots in the Equality Act 2010, in            We pledge to support equality in publishing by adopting this four-point charter.
    particular the nine protected characteristics, as listed on the opposing page.
                                                                                            1.	Equal Opportunity
    The aim of the Charter is not to replicate any of the statutes of the Act, but rather   	 We recognise equality with regard to:
    interpret them and create a positive framework, which will encompass a wide                    Age
    range of organisations in publishing and bookselling.                                          Disability
    Over the past few months Equip has been discussing this project directly with                  Gender reassignment
    publishers to learn about the actions they are taking within their communities                 Marriage and civil partnership
                                                                                                   Pregnancy and maternity
    and as part of their CSR commitments, but also to get feedback on the Charter
                                                                                                   Race
    so it is constructed in a way that accentuates the benefits of membership
                                                                                                   Religion or belief
    without adding unnecessarily to the workload of HR managers or directors.
                                                                                                   Sex
    Many of the actions suggested on pages 15-17 are already being undertaken                      Sexual orientation
    by many of the publishers we have spoken to. Now is the time to gather                  	   (The above are the protected characteristics as specified in the Equality Act 2010 Part 2, Chapter 1)

    that information and share it collectively as an industry that is committed             2.	People
    to development and finding new markets in this challenging economic                     	 Attract: We will engage and attract new talent by adopting inclusive
    environment.                                                                               recruitment policies, practices and traineeships, and where appropriate,
                                                                                               engage in outreach work to increase the profile of publishing to traditionally
                                                                                               underrepresented groups.
                                                                                            	Develop: We will develop and encourage existing talent through adopting
                                                                                              robust staff development programmes, mentoring schemes, networking
                                                                                              opportunities and other similar activities.

                                                                                            3.	Action
                                                                                            	 agree to carry out at least two actions a year to demonstrate our
                                                                                               We
                                                                                               commitment to equality, and review these on a yearly basis.

                                                                                            4.	Improvement
                                                                                            	 We will continually strive to improve performance regarding equality.




4                                                                                                                                                                                                       5
Membership Obligations                                                           Benefits of Membership


    Members of the Publishing Equalities Charter project are required to:              You will become part of a network of publishers and booksellers, with
                                                                                       
                                                                                       opportunities to meet and make new contacts
         Commit to undertaking two actions related to equality per calendar year,
         
         hence from 2012 onwards. See pp.15-17 for suggested actions.                  It will improve your reputation as an equal opportunities employer
                                                                                       
         Review these two actions on a yearly basis. This is to ensure that if you
                                                                                      Working in collaboration with Equip you will have access to funded initiatives
                                                                                       
         are not happy with the outcomes of your action(s) then you have the           to explore diversity in cross-industry projects
         opportunity to consult with other members, and change your action(s) for
                                                                                       The suggested actions on pages 15-17 will help you choose goals and
                                                                                       
         the following year. Equip is keen to promote your good work, and illustrate
                                                                                       activities that fit perfectly with your business. They will help empower
         examples of best practice with other members.
                                                                                       your workforce, gain greater visibility in your local community, and most
         Attend an annual conference with your fellow members to discuss the
                                                                                      importantly, sell more books
         outcomes of your actions, plans for the following year, and best practice.
                                                                                       The Charter is an excellent way to develop best practice across the nine
                                                                                       
         Commit to being a member for a minimum of one calendar year.
                                                                                      protected characteristics detailed in the Equality Act 2010
         Consider participation in Equip’s funded research projects and initiatives.
                                                                                      You will be supplied the Publishing Equalities Charter tick mark to use on your
                                                                                       
                                                                                       digital and print material
    Please note that membership to the Publishing Equalities Charter is FREE. Equip
    is currently funded by Arts Council England, which allows the organisation
    to manage the Publishing Equalities Charter project at no cost to members.




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Promotion of Your Work                                                              How to Join the Charter


    All members of the Publishing Equalities Charter will be promoted on a              Once you have agreed your two actions, you can sign up to the Publishing
    dedicated section of the Equip website (www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk).           Equalities Charter in five easy steps:
    This will feature a short profile of the organisation, weblink, logo and the two
                                                                                           1.  isit www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk and click on the ‘Become a
                                                                                              V
    chosen actions for that year, as decided upon signature to the Charter.
                                                                                              signatory’ button on the homepage
    Our goal is to promote this work in the trade and national press, and collaborate
                                                                                           2. Enter your name, email address and company
    each year on specific funded projects. There will also be opportunities to
    promote actions and outcomes to the 1,500+ Equip members.                              3. Upload your company logo (ideally as a 300dpi jpeg, or eps)

    We would also recommend submitting for, or joining, the following:                     4. Input your two actions to be championed in 2011/12

         The Times Top 50 Employers for Women                                              5. Click the ‘ADD ME AS A SIGNATORY’ button

         Stonewall Workplace Equality Index                                             We will create a page for your company which will include your logo and your
                                                                                        two actions. This section of the website will be open for all Equip members
         Race for Opportunity
                                                                                        to see.
         Opportunity Now
                                                                                        Alternatively please email bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk
         Employers Forum on Age                                                         or call 020 7040 3335.
         Employers Forum on Belief
         Employers Forum on Disability




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Message of Support                                                            Questions  Answers


     ‘Booktrust is proud to support Equip in its aim to create a framework that    I represent a company of less than 10 people and I don’t think I can
     promotes and strengthens the equality and diversity work of publishers,       commit to two actions a year, what should I do?
     booksellers and agents. I am delighted that we have now reached the stage      We would like to see all signatories committing to two actions a year
                                                                                    
     where we can seek more signatories to the Publishing Equalities Charter and    irrespective of company size. See ‘Suggested Actions’ section as a guide
     establish a platform for further collaboration and development.’               to the range of actions you could champion. This is not a prescriptive list
     Viv Bird                                                                       but rather suggestions as to the range of actions you could champion to
                                                                                    demonstrate equality. The aim of the Charter is to enable organisations to
     CEO, Booktrust
                                                                                    set and promote their agenda on equality priorities and to ensure that it is
                                                                                    reviewed on a yearly basis. This initiative is not intended to create more work
                                                                                    for organisations, but rather to enable them to take positive and practical
                                                                                    steps and create new dialogues within the industry.



                                                                                   We are a publishing house that has actively promoted equality and
                                                                                   diversity. Will the Charter change how we do things here?
                                                                                    The aim of the Charter is to bind organisations together, providing a
                                                                                    
                                                                                    framework for them to work collectively to effect real change in the industry.
                                                                                    We would like a range of organisations to be involved in the Charter so that
                                                                                    signatories will benefit from a peer-to-peer support network that shares good
                                                                                    practice, lessons learned, advice and expertise. We understand that you are
                                                                                    already exploring diversity, this will be a great way to promote the work you
                                                                                    are doing, and develop new ideas for the future.



                                                                                   Which industries does the Charter apply to? And do I qualify?
                                                                                    W
                                                                                     e want to engage with as many publishers, booksellers, charitable
                                                                                    organisations and agencies that are involved in the process of selling,



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Q        Questions  Answers                                                                Questions  Answers


                                                                                        Positive discrimination and affirmative action involve preferential treatment
                                                                                        to benefit members of a disadvantaged or underrepresented group
                                                                                        which does not meet the conditions, the limitations or the proportionality
                                                                                        requirement for positive action under the Act [Equality Act 2010]’ (Source:
                                                                                        Draft Employment Statutory Code of Practice, Equality and Human Rights
                                                                                        Commission: January 2010).



                                                                                      If I don’t participate in the optional yearly reporting can I still be
                                                                                      a signatory to the Charter?
                                                                                        You can still be a signatory to the Charter but we encourage signatories to
                                                                                        
                                                                                        participate in yearly monitoring of their two actions as it will improve industry
                                                                                        performance regarding equality. The information will not be used to single
                                                                                        out individual organisations that are under/over performing, but will be used
                                                                                        to assess yearly progress for the whole industry.
      buying and producing books as well as promoting books, reading and
      writing across the UK. If you are unsure whether you qualify contact
      bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk for clarification on this matter.



     How do I make sure my organisational attempts of providing equal
     opportunities doesn’t look like I am discriminating against any specific
     group or individual?
      The aim of the Charter is to provide organisations with the framework
      
      to promote equal opportunities. There is a distinct difference between
      positive discrimination and positive action. ‘Positive action is not the same
      as positive discrimination or affirmative action, which are both unlawful.



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Message of Support                                                                 Suggested Actions


     ‘We are proud to support Equality in Publishing and their strategic work with        HR Ideas
     publishers. The organisation fills a critical gap within the industry in its focus    Create an equality policy that is embedded throughout the organisation
                                                                                           
     on developing access to the widest range of people.’                                  in policy, strategy and working practice
     Richard Mollet
                                                                                           Monitor the impact of policies through conducting equality impact
                                                                                           
     Chief Executive of the Publishers Association                                         assessments

                                                                                           Make all policies transparent by updating them and making them available
                                                                                           
                                                                                           to all staff (e.g. via the intranet)

                                                                                           Make all job applicants complete an equality monitoring form
                                                                                           

                                                                                           Ensure that every new job opportunity is advertised externally
                                                                                           

                                                                                           Make your sites accessible to all your clients and customers by conducting
                                                                                           
                                                                                           regular accessibility assessments

                                                                                           Include an equality statement within job advertisements
                                                                                           

                                                                                           Work towards achieving ‘Two ticks positive about disabled people’
                                                                                           
                                                                                           accreditation which guarantees an interview to a candidate with a disability
                                                                                           (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005) and who match the
                                                                                           requirements of the person specification

                                                                                           Take on flexible working/condensed working hours to support those with
                                                                                           
                                                                                           caring responsibilities

                                                                                           Wherever possible try to recruit a representative mix of people according
                                                                                           
                                                                                           to your local demographics. For example 46% of England’s ethnic minority
                                                                                           population live in London (source: LDA: ‘The Competitive Advantage of
                                                                                           Diversity’, Oct 2005), this should be reflected in organisations based in London




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Suggested Actions
                                                                                        B   Suggested Actions


     Volunteering and CSR
       Form a relationship with a local school and run workshops/talks to educate
       
       students about the industry

       Host an open day so that the general public can find out more about
       
       your organisation

       Set up a staff equalities working group ensuring a good representation
       
       of people in the organisation

       Hold a themed brown bag lunch for staff encouraging debate and dialogue
       
       amongst colleagues in an informal setting

       Be involved in industry-wide collaborations to increase equality in publishing
       

       Take on a trainee from an underrepresented group by hosting a Positive
       
       Action Traineeship

       Develop a mentoring programme that supports new staff from traditionally
       
       underrepresented groups, and those at transitional career stages



     Skills and Training                                                                Publishing and Bookselling Specific
       Take part in yearly industry-wide reporting through organisations such as
                                                                                        Wherever possible ensure authentic representation of people from
                                                                                         
       Creative Skillset                                                                 underrepresented groups (e.g. book cover designs, illustrations,
                                                                                         marketing material, advertising)
       Encourage members of staff to be involved in seminars/workshops/talks that
       
       raise the profile of the industry to traditionally underrepresented groups

       Identify an Equalities Champion on your board who can be responsible for
       
       monitoring action on equality

       Provide equality training for all staff on a yearly basis
       


16                                                                                                                                                          17
Message of Support                                                                     History of Equip


     ‘Pearson is proud to support Equality in Publishing. At Pearson, our goal is to keep   Equality in Publishing continues the work of the Diversity in Publishing Network
     diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do and our commitment starts           (Dipnet), which was established by Elise Dillsworth and Alison Morrison in
     with our leaders. Our aim is to build an inclusive working environment for all our     2004 in response to a survey undertaken by Arts Council England and The
     people, and our vision is to be a company that reflects the world in which we          Bookseller. The survey results highlighted the lack of ethnic diversity within
     operate; so naturally it made sense for Pearson to support Equip, who recognise        publishing. Dipnet was created to address the concerns of groups traditionally
     the potential and promote the contributions people from diverse backgrounds            underrepresented within all areas of the industry.
     can bring to the publishing industry.’
                                                                                            From 2006-2012, Dipnet was managed by Booktrust. Following a successful
     Abu Bundu-Kamara                                                                       Arts Council England bid, Dipnet’s projects are now managed at City University
                                                                                            London under the new name Equality in Publishing, a change reflecting the
     Head of Diversity at Pearson
                                                                                            wider remit to address the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.




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Equip Publishing Equalities Charter Booklet

  • 1. e uip equality in publishing Publishing Equalities Charter If you would like more information, or to schedule a meeting please contact: Bobby Nayyar Research Fellow bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk 020 7040 3335 07891169286 Equip City University London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk www.city.ac.uk
  • 2. Contents Introduction................................................................................................................... 3 Notes for CEOs and HR Managers........................................................ 4 Publishing Equalities Charter.................................................................... 5 Membership Obligations............................................................................... 6 Benefits of Membership.................................................................................. 7 Promotion of Your Work.................................................................................. 8 How to Join the Charter. ................................................................................. 9 Questions & Answers....................................................................................... 11 Suggested Actions.............................................................................................. 15 History of Equip...................................................................................................... 19 Contact Us.....................................................................................................................20 1
  • 3. Introduction Equip would like to thank the following organisations The Publishing Equalities Charter programme was launched at the London who collaborated to draft the Publishing Equalities Charter: Book Fair in 2010. It draws its inspiration from the Equality Act 2010, more details of which can be found on page six of this booklet. Over the course of one year, Equip has been collaborating with a number of trade associations to create a framework that publishers, booksellers and agents can join, regardless of size or output, to achieve the following aim: To help promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to opportunities within the industry. We recognise that many publishers already have diversity and equality practices in place. The Charter is a means to acknowledge and celebrate this across the industry. It is also an opportunity to bring new ideas to the table and start a new dialogue between companies. In this booklet you will find detailed information about why the Publishing Equalities Charter is beneficial to your business, how to join the project, how it will be progressed and some suggestions for projects you could action in your company. Best wishes, Bobby Nayyar Research Fellow City University London 2 3
  • 4. Equality Act 2010 Equalities Charter The Publishing Equalities Charter has its roots in the Equality Act 2010, in We pledge to support equality in publishing by adopting this four-point charter. particular the nine protected characteristics, as listed on the opposing page. 1. Equal Opportunity The aim of the Charter is not to replicate any of the statutes of the Act, but rather We recognise equality with regard to: interpret them and create a positive framework, which will encompass a wide Age range of organisations in publishing and bookselling. Disability Over the past few months Equip has been discussing this project directly with Gender reassignment publishers to learn about the actions they are taking within their communities Marriage and civil partnership Pregnancy and maternity and as part of their CSR commitments, but also to get feedback on the Charter Race so it is constructed in a way that accentuates the benefits of membership Religion or belief without adding unnecessarily to the workload of HR managers or directors. Sex Many of the actions suggested on pages 15-17 are already being undertaken Sexual orientation by many of the publishers we have spoken to. Now is the time to gather (The above are the protected characteristics as specified in the Equality Act 2010 Part 2, Chapter 1) that information and share it collectively as an industry that is committed 2. People to development and finding new markets in this challenging economic Attract: We will engage and attract new talent by adopting inclusive environment. recruitment policies, practices and traineeships, and where appropriate, engage in outreach work to increase the profile of publishing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Develop: We will develop and encourage existing talent through adopting robust staff development programmes, mentoring schemes, networking opportunities and other similar activities. 3. Action agree to carry out at least two actions a year to demonstrate our We commitment to equality, and review these on a yearly basis. 4. Improvement We will continually strive to improve performance regarding equality. 4 5
  • 5. Membership Obligations Benefits of Membership Members of the Publishing Equalities Charter project are required to: You will become part of a network of publishers and booksellers, with opportunities to meet and make new contacts Commit to undertaking two actions related to equality per calendar year, hence from 2012 onwards. See pp.15-17 for suggested actions. It will improve your reputation as an equal opportunities employer Review these two actions on a yearly basis. This is to ensure that if you Working in collaboration with Equip you will have access to funded initiatives are not happy with the outcomes of your action(s) then you have the to explore diversity in cross-industry projects opportunity to consult with other members, and change your action(s) for The suggested actions on pages 15-17 will help you choose goals and the following year. Equip is keen to promote your good work, and illustrate activities that fit perfectly with your business. They will help empower examples of best practice with other members. your workforce, gain greater visibility in your local community, and most Attend an annual conference with your fellow members to discuss the importantly, sell more books outcomes of your actions, plans for the following year, and best practice. The Charter is an excellent way to develop best practice across the nine Commit to being a member for a minimum of one calendar year. protected characteristics detailed in the Equality Act 2010 Consider participation in Equip’s funded research projects and initiatives. You will be supplied the Publishing Equalities Charter tick mark to use on your digital and print material Please note that membership to the Publishing Equalities Charter is FREE. Equip is currently funded by Arts Council England, which allows the organisation to manage the Publishing Equalities Charter project at no cost to members. ���������� ���������� � � � � � � � � � � � � � Publishing Equalities Charter Logo 6 7
  • 6. Promotion of Your Work How to Join the Charter All members of the Publishing Equalities Charter will be promoted on a Once you have agreed your two actions, you can sign up to the Publishing dedicated section of the Equip website (www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk). Equalities Charter in five easy steps: This will feature a short profile of the organisation, weblink, logo and the two 1. isit www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk and click on the ‘Become a V chosen actions for that year, as decided upon signature to the Charter. signatory’ button on the homepage Our goal is to promote this work in the trade and national press, and collaborate 2. Enter your name, email address and company each year on specific funded projects. There will also be opportunities to promote actions and outcomes to the 1,500+ Equip members. 3. Upload your company logo (ideally as a 300dpi jpeg, or eps) We would also recommend submitting for, or joining, the following: 4. Input your two actions to be championed in 2011/12 The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 5. Click the ‘ADD ME AS A SIGNATORY’ button Stonewall Workplace Equality Index We will create a page for your company which will include your logo and your two actions. This section of the website will be open for all Equip members Race for Opportunity to see. Opportunity Now Alternatively please email bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk Employers Forum on Age or call 020 7040 3335. Employers Forum on Belief Employers Forum on Disability 8 9
  • 7. Message of Support Questions Answers ‘Booktrust is proud to support Equip in its aim to create a framework that I represent a company of less than 10 people and I don’t think I can promotes and strengthens the equality and diversity work of publishers, commit to two actions a year, what should I do? booksellers and agents. I am delighted that we have now reached the stage We would like to see all signatories committing to two actions a year where we can seek more signatories to the Publishing Equalities Charter and irrespective of company size. See ‘Suggested Actions’ section as a guide establish a platform for further collaboration and development.’ to the range of actions you could champion. This is not a prescriptive list Viv Bird but rather suggestions as to the range of actions you could champion to demonstrate equality. The aim of the Charter is to enable organisations to CEO, Booktrust set and promote their agenda on equality priorities and to ensure that it is reviewed on a yearly basis. This initiative is not intended to create more work for organisations, but rather to enable them to take positive and practical steps and create new dialogues within the industry. We are a publishing house that has actively promoted equality and diversity. Will the Charter change how we do things here? The aim of the Charter is to bind organisations together, providing a framework for them to work collectively to effect real change in the industry. We would like a range of organisations to be involved in the Charter so that signatories will benefit from a peer-to-peer support network that shares good practice, lessons learned, advice and expertise. We understand that you are already exploring diversity, this will be a great way to promote the work you are doing, and develop new ideas for the future. Which industries does the Charter apply to? And do I qualify? W e want to engage with as many publishers, booksellers, charitable organisations and agencies that are involved in the process of selling, 10 11
  • 8. Q Questions Answers Questions Answers Positive discrimination and affirmative action involve preferential treatment to benefit members of a disadvantaged or underrepresented group which does not meet the conditions, the limitations or the proportionality requirement for positive action under the Act [Equality Act 2010]’ (Source: Draft Employment Statutory Code of Practice, Equality and Human Rights Commission: January 2010). If I don’t participate in the optional yearly reporting can I still be a signatory to the Charter? You can still be a signatory to the Charter but we encourage signatories to participate in yearly monitoring of their two actions as it will improve industry performance regarding equality. The information will not be used to single out individual organisations that are under/over performing, but will be used to assess yearly progress for the whole industry. buying and producing books as well as promoting books, reading and writing across the UK. If you are unsure whether you qualify contact bobby.nayyar.1@city.ac.uk for clarification on this matter. How do I make sure my organisational attempts of providing equal opportunities doesn’t look like I am discriminating against any specific group or individual? The aim of the Charter is to provide organisations with the framework to promote equal opportunities. There is a distinct difference between positive discrimination and positive action. ‘Positive action is not the same as positive discrimination or affirmative action, which are both unlawful. 12 13
  • 9. Message of Support Suggested Actions ‘We are proud to support Equality in Publishing and their strategic work with HR Ideas publishers. The organisation fills a critical gap within the industry in its focus Create an equality policy that is embedded throughout the organisation on developing access to the widest range of people.’ in policy, strategy and working practice Richard Mollet Monitor the impact of policies through conducting equality impact Chief Executive of the Publishers Association assessments Make all policies transparent by updating them and making them available to all staff (e.g. via the intranet) Make all job applicants complete an equality monitoring form Ensure that every new job opportunity is advertised externally Make your sites accessible to all your clients and customers by conducting regular accessibility assessments Include an equality statement within job advertisements Work towards achieving ‘Two ticks positive about disabled people’ accreditation which guarantees an interview to a candidate with a disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005) and who match the requirements of the person specification Take on flexible working/condensed working hours to support those with caring responsibilities Wherever possible try to recruit a representative mix of people according to your local demographics. For example 46% of England’s ethnic minority population live in London (source: LDA: ‘The Competitive Advantage of Diversity’, Oct 2005), this should be reflected in organisations based in London 14 15
  • 10. Suggested Actions B Suggested Actions Volunteering and CSR Form a relationship with a local school and run workshops/talks to educate students about the industry Host an open day so that the general public can find out more about your organisation Set up a staff equalities working group ensuring a good representation of people in the organisation Hold a themed brown bag lunch for staff encouraging debate and dialogue amongst colleagues in an informal setting Be involved in industry-wide collaborations to increase equality in publishing Take on a trainee from an underrepresented group by hosting a Positive Action Traineeship Develop a mentoring programme that supports new staff from traditionally underrepresented groups, and those at transitional career stages Skills and Training Publishing and Bookselling Specific Take part in yearly industry-wide reporting through organisations such as Wherever possible ensure authentic representation of people from Creative Skillset underrepresented groups (e.g. book cover designs, illustrations, marketing material, advertising) Encourage members of staff to be involved in seminars/workshops/talks that raise the profile of the industry to traditionally underrepresented groups Identify an Equalities Champion on your board who can be responsible for monitoring action on equality Provide equality training for all staff on a yearly basis 16 17
  • 11. Message of Support History of Equip ‘Pearson is proud to support Equality in Publishing. At Pearson, our goal is to keep Equality in Publishing continues the work of the Diversity in Publishing Network diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do and our commitment starts (Dipnet), which was established by Elise Dillsworth and Alison Morrison in with our leaders. Our aim is to build an inclusive working environment for all our 2004 in response to a survey undertaken by Arts Council England and The people, and our vision is to be a company that reflects the world in which we Bookseller. The survey results highlighted the lack of ethnic diversity within operate; so naturally it made sense for Pearson to support Equip, who recognise publishing. Dipnet was created to address the concerns of groups traditionally the potential and promote the contributions people from diverse backgrounds underrepresented within all areas of the industry. can bring to the publishing industry.’ From 2006-2012, Dipnet was managed by Booktrust. Following a successful Abu Bundu-Kamara Arts Council England bid, Dipnet’s projects are now managed at City University London under the new name Equality in Publishing, a change reflecting the Head of Diversity at Pearson wider remit to address the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. 18 19
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