This October, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the U.K – which recognises and celebrates the contribution made to our society over many years by the African and Caribbean communities. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the history and heritage of our communities here in Britain, as well as the contributions of people who come from all visible ethnic minorities.
Our organisation is a diverse, progressive, innovative place to work and we continue to cultivate an inclusive environment where all colleagues are comfortable being themselves. During the month of October we are proud to highlight and promote the significant contribution black people have made to our history and in helping create the multi-cultural society we live in today.
Earlier this year we shared an article on our contribution to the Delivering Diversity Report. The report found that businesses needed to apply the lessons from recent progress on gender diversity, including setting targets and publishing progression data. Consistent with the recommendations made in the 2016 Parker Review and the McGregor-Smith report, Virgin Money has a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) diversity strategy which we continue to focus on.
Within the business we also have a BAME executive sponsor and a colleague driven BAME Affinity Group who, as part of their ongoing work, have organised a programme of events for all our colleagues, ensuring everybody has the opportunity to learn about and participate in Black History Month.
Not to leave our customers out, some of our Lounges are hosting special events throughout October to help raise awareness of the importance of Black History Month. We’ll have guest speakers covering all aspects of black history, musical performances, traditional costumes, authentic food and drink and a whole host of film screenings across our network.
Check out our Events Calendar to see what’s going on in a Lounge near you. All of our events are free, but we will be raising money for The British Red Cross Hurricane Irma Appeal through suggested donations.