Diversity focus fizzles out in workplaces after peaking at start of Black Lives Matter movement

Almost three in five (57%) BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) working professionals believe the momentum of diversity has fizzled out in their workplace since the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement kicked off last year, compared to three in 10 (30%) white working professionals, new data revealed.

Research commissioned by People Like Us, a non-profit, also found that only 39% of UK professionals feel diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a higher priority in UK workplaces directly as a result of BLM.

Thousands of people around the world took to the streets last year to protest against racism and to show unprecedented support of the BLM movement. In response, companies received fierce public backlash for saying that ‘Black Lives Matter,’ having seemingly not shown true commitment to fighting racial injustice.

Following that, companies across the world pledged money, launched programmes, and assessed what they need to do to bring about change. For instance, Citi (C) pledged $1bn (£790m) to battle racial inequality.

New data shows just 13% of people in the UK said their company actually hired more employees from BAME backgrounds and almost three in 10 (29%) employees said their company didn’t do anything in response to Black Lives Matter.

Meanwhile, two-thirds (67%) of London professionals say they feel D&I are a higher priority for their company now, but workers outside of London are over three times more likely to say that their workplace had done nothing in response to BLM.

Whilst almost half (49%) of working professionals feel a positive impact has been made in the workplace, “there is clearly much more work to be done,” the report said.

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