Anti-racism action plan
World events during 2020, particularly the murder of George Floyd and the unequal impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, have confirmed that an overt commitment to anti-racism is both timely and necessary from the British Council.
Over the last few months our leadership team have been working with British Council colleagues from across the world, as well as our specialist Diversity Unit, to produce an Anti-Racism Action Plan. As a global organisation we must become anti-racist in both our culture and practices.
We will strive to give colleagues and everyone we engage with the opportunity to achieve their potential, regardless of race, ethnicity or background.
We will aim to dismantle barriers across our organisation and build a more inclusive and representative workplace and leadership that embraces diversity, calls out discrimination and puts equality at its heart.
Our Anti-Racism Action Plan includes our priorities over the coming months. These priorities will continue to be refined and developed with input from colleagues all around the world. These priorities are:
- Improving our learning and understanding about racism/s and its impact.
- Supporting a more inclusive organisational culture that prioritises anti-racist actions and behaviours, leadership development, and improved ways of listening to and acting on colleagues’ feedback and concerns.
- Human resource (HR) policies and practices that are reviewed, revised and undergo equality screening and impact assessment (ESIA) to ensure they promote inclusion and anti-racist principles.
- A greater diversity of nationality and race in our global leadership
- Programmes, products and servicesthat are deliberately anti-racist and inclusive in their development and delivery, consistent with our commitment to decolonise our work.
Change does not happen in a vacuum, and the commitment and input from colleagues across all 110 countries that we work in, is vital to create the anti-racism future of the British Council.
- Justice and fundamental rights
- Combatting discrimination
- Racism and xenophobia
- EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025
EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025
We need to talk about racism. And we need to act. It is always possible to change direction if there is a will to do so. I am glad to live in a society that condemns racism. But we should not stop there. The motto of our European Union is: ‘United in diversity’. Our task it to live up to these words, and to fulfil their meaning
– President von der Leyen, European Parliament, 17 June 2020 https://ec.europa.eu/cookie-consent/iframe?oriurl=https://www.youtube.com/embed/hreXzHdtrRg
Achieving a Union of Equality
On 18 September 2020 the Commission published its plan to step up action against racism in the European Union. A Union of Equality: EU anti-racism action plan 2020–202518 September 2020English (747.1 KB – PDF)Available languages (22) Stepping Up Action For A Union Of Equality – Factsheet18 September 2020English (3.4 MB – PDF)Available languages (22)
EU Anti-Racism Summit – 19 March 2021
The European Commission is organising a Summit Against Racism on 19 March 2021 at the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March). This Summit, co-hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in cooperation with the ARDI Intergroup of the European Parliament, will address the implementation of the European Anti-Racism Action Plan at various levels with the involvement of EU Institutions, Member States, civil society, equality bodies and grassroots organisations.
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