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Virgin Money named as a Best Employer for Race in new listing

Virgin Money has been named by Business in the Community as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race in a new listing published today.

Creating a Best Employers for Race list was one of the recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year to showcase best practice on race equality in UK workplaces. Successful organisations had to evidence that they are putting leadership on race into place within their organisations, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action in at least one of three areas – leadership, progression and recruitment. They also had to be able to demonstrate the impact of these policies on BAME employees.

The listing is unranked and includes 65 public and private sector organisations listed in alphabetical order who collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK.

Matt Elliott, People Director at Virgin Money said:

“Strong, successful and sustainable businesses can only develop with diversity of work­force and creativity of thought, and we need men and women of all races, beliefs and backgrounds to inspire that. At Virgin Money we aim to provide an environment which nurtures a high performing, diverse and committed workforce, enabling all colleagues to flourish and reach their full potential.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said:

“Congratulations to Virgin Money on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue. I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”

The full list of the Best Employers for Race 2017 is available via the Business in the Community website.