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In the UK, Black Environment Network (BEN) is seen as the key representative of the interests of ethnic minorities in the context of the built and natural heritage. We sit on key governmental and voluntary sector policy committees. The presentation will share this experience and highlight significant contributions that make an essential difference in policy and strategies for ethnic inclusion. BEN, as an organisation, is focused on ethnic minorities. But, ethnic minorities is one of many socially disadvantaged groups, and many key issues and solutions are generic. We therefore often speak out on behalf of the interest of all socially disadvantaged groups in our work. In order to strengthen the effect of policy development, BEN also produces discussion papers to fuel debate, publishes guidance and good practice examples, and provides a consultancy and advice service to support organisations working for change.