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Leading the way as the first awarding organisation to sign up to the Race Equality Code

In celebration of National Inclusion Week 2021, we are pleased to announce we have signed up to the RACE Equality Code – the first awarding organisation in England and Wales to do so.

Launched in October 2020 by Birmingham-based The Governance Forum, the RACE Equality Code 2020 is an accountability framework designed by leading governance experts to assist organisations in tackling boardroom race equality.

It provides one set of standards and an overarching accountability framework based on current laws, codes and best practice, and streamlines existing recommendations into actions for organisations across every sector.

Open College Network West Midlands has submitted an application to adopt the RACE Equality Code and has reviewed our current position on how we manage equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our organisation against the 4 main principles of the code: Reporting, Action, Composition and Education.

The process will require us to complete a checklist of provisions to determine what we are already implementing at Open College Network and how we fare against the principles of The Code.

We will also be asked to score our organisation against a benchmark exercise that will help us to identify additional actions that need to be met and whether they will form part of a wider organisational EDI strategy at board level and in the Senior Leadership Team going forward.

“Open College Network West Midlands is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that, where possible, our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best. To that purpose, we are extremely happy to be setting a precedent and leading the way as the first awarding organisation to sign up to the Race Equality Code.”

Kevern Kerswell, CEO at Open College Network West Midlands

“I am pleased to be working with Open College Network West Midlands on their diversity and inclusion journey. Their commitment to adopt the RACE Equality Code and go through the comprehensive diagnostic process demonstrates the type of leadership that is needed to move the dial on equality.”

Karl George MBE, Managing Director of The Governance Forum Ltd

Open College Network West Midlands is also signed up to the West Midlands Combined Authority's Inclusive Leadership Pledge.

 

Discover more about The Race Equality Code 2020 here

 

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