To drive change and overcome racial inequities, organisations must make decisions using data-driven insights, set measurable goals, engage all leaders and instil a culture that values diversity. With the UK in a strong position to address racial and ethnic equality, we have the ability to collect this data and be a role model to other nations.
We have conducted new research to better understand how UK organisations are addressing racial equality and aim to uncover the causes of workplace inequities, identifying which behaviours are helping to close these gaps and those which may be worsening the problems.
With the majority (72%) of participating UK employers collecting race and ethnicity data, it may seem that our understanding of racial equality in the UK is stronger than ever before. In reality, data collection is just the first part of the story, the real question is whether we are using effectively to drive real change?
To make a difference, employers must use the data entrusted to them effectively
We have identified five must-do actions for organisations:
About the survey
Mercer’s Overcoming Racial Inequities in UK Organisations Survey captures employers’ priorities and the actions they’re taking to uncover the root causes of workplace inequities for racially and ethnically diverse employees in the UK. We aim to identify which specific actions, policies and behaviours are helping to close these gaps and which may be exacerbating the problem.
A representative sample of more than 70 employers participated in the survey, with a combined UK workforce of just under 65,000 employees and a combined global workforce of more than one million employees.
The survey was carried out in August 2022 to analyse the actions of UK employers over the past 12 months.