Racial Equality Commitment
Posted: Thu, 27 May 2021 13:52
Sport Birmingham is joining other Active Partnerships in committing to being an anti- racist organisation and tackling racial inequality. We are standing together for our #RacialEqualityCommitment.
The 12 months since George Floyd's awful killing has seen a huge shift globally, nationally, locally and organisationally for us. In our statement on 15 June 2020 we shared how as a team we felt saddened and troubled by the events, and 12 months on from George Floyd's killing our commitment to our vision and values remains core to who we are and how we work with each other and our communities.
Sport Birmingham are proud of the positive action we have taken to educate ourselves and improve our practice. Among these actions are:
1. We have become early adopters of the RACE equality code. This means we have completed a pre-assessment, Governance assessment and robust facilitated self-assessment. This process will guide us on how we might address culture, policy or practice that contributes to underrepresentation of Black and other ethnic groups, on our board and in the senior leadership team. Importantly, the Race Equality Code Assessment (RECA) has tested the governance at Sport Birmingham to demonstrate its compliance in relation to Race Equality and how this, and other protected characteristics, are addressed in the overall Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategies.
2. We have updated our organisational EDI action plan to include personal, team and partnership level commitments. Included within this is:
• the appointment of a Board and staff team lead on EDI;
• an internal working group that meets fortnightly;
• a monthly team focused EDI session including sharing personal stories, current topics, training;
• our commitment to record and publish targets for Race, Sex and Disability for team, senior management team and Board;
• our commitment to improve the accessibility, inclusivity and reach of our information, for example by better using our channels to reach people with the right content for them.
3. We have taken positive action to appoint Board members that (a) represent the communities which we support in Birmingham and (b) give extra weighting to candidates who have the right skill-set but also the personal characteristics to improve the targeted elements of diversity.
4. We have funded 19 projects in deprived areas across our City supporting ethnic minority groups through the Tackling Inequalities Fund, representing >27% of the total funding. Click here to read examples of the impact of this funding.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. We are on a learning journey and are committed to continually reviewing and refining our action plan. We have made great strides towards many of these actions already. Sign up to our newsletter for up-to-date news on our work in this space.
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