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Black History Month – perspectives on career progression

In August 2020, Business in the Community released 'Race at Work: The Black Voices Report' which highlights a disparity in the career progression of black and white employees. 

As part of Black History Month, we asked three members of our Alumni community to share their thoughts and experiences of the report and its recommendations.

Our report panel

Kim. T. Machipisa

Kim. T. Machipisa

Joy Osula

Joy Osula

Bonnie Whittingham

Bonnie Whittingham

Panel Q&A

About Race at Work: The Black Voices Report

The 'Race at Work: The Black Voices Report' is rooted in a survey on race which found that:

74% of black employees want to progress in their careers, compared to 42% of white employees
33% of black employees feel their ethnicity will be a barrier to their next career move, compared to only 1% of white employees
Lack of consistent data is limiting the drive for change; the survey found that only 11% of companies are capturing ethnicity pay gap data and only half are reporting on it voluntarily

To help address the issues raised by the survey, the report sets out five actions that employers should take to support their black employees: