Organisations can be allies in the fight against race discrimination by making sure they are hiring from a diverse talent pool, says Vanessa Harvey
'I think we can all agree that 2020 is going to be a historic year that we all remember. The future generations will look back and reflect on this year as the catalyst for change – hopefully.
The killing of George Floyd at the hands of the police in the US two weeks ago shocked us all, and the subsequent worldwide protests against race discrimination that reignited the Black Lives Matter movement resonate deeply with me, not just as a black woman, but as someone who is passionate about living – and raising my children – in a world full of equal opportunities. The black community is desperately calling on allies to action positive change and to make a tangible difference by levelling the playing field.
One step you can take to help is to ensure you are recruiting from a diverse and wide talent pool, and that those people have equal access to development opportunities. There are simple ways to make sure your organisation starts doing this:
Doing something is better than nothing. Now is not the time to stay silent and hope this will all go away; it’s the time to use your position of power to implement some positive changes.
Throw away any signs of tokenism and instead look at implementing long-term measures that will attract, retain and promote black talent in your organisation.'
Vanessa Harvey is recruitment manager at a London law firm