Black History Month 2020
Black History Month 2020 is more important than ever this year.
Black people have always made history and always will – but it’s equally important that Black people take the lead on how that history is discovered, explored, researched, recorded, archived, curated, exhibited and shared. That means supporting Black-led heritage organisations and professionals; making national and local institutions much more accessible and representative; and empowering communities to define and share what Black history means to them.
We’re always proud of celebrations of rights and representation. That’s why we’re proud to support and advocate for the ideas behind Black History Month, this year and always.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of black history, held in both the USA and Great Britain. It’s commemorated in a variety of different ways - all of which focus on the contributions Africa and African peoples make to British culture and all its successes. That could be anything from events to films to marches.
We’re using the opportunity of Black History Month to highlight the ethnicity pay gap in our workplaces. Persons of colour are making a huge contribution to our business growth in the UK - we must recognise and support that contribution. After all, we already know that diverse teams are more successful and productive. And so do the employers we work with. Browse our list of diversity-focused employers here.
We’re raising this as an issue because a pay audit of organisations in the Greater London authority group alone found ethnic workers had a salary of 37% less than white colleagues. If that was played out across all industries then families could be losing out on billions and billions of pounds.
We’re behind the call from campaigners behind the #ethnicitypaygap call for mandatory reporting on salaries for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues. This would reveal not only the obvious lack of non-white executives at the top of companies, but a pool of talented BAME people being undermined by employers. That’s due to failures in recruitment, but also in barriers to promotion. We believe there is more for employers to do.