This second version is a further step forward on our transparent journey to achieving more diverse and representative workforces by broadening the scope of this work through engaging wider sectors in our city wide approach to collectively tackle race equality issues. This has resulted in the sample size now exceeding 40,000 employees across Bristol.
Version 1 of the Race Data Product – This first version of Bristol’s Race Equality H.R. Data product (published in 2017) was the first of its kind on a multi-agency and city-wide level. This report won the ‘Transparency’ Award at the prestigious Global Equality and Diversity Awards. This first version is available to view and download here.
The group created the city’s first ever data picture of 11 of Bristol’s largest public sector bodies. This picture focuses on pay disparity, sickness levels and grievances across the organisations as well as highlighting the ethnic make-up of each public body.
As well as being a first for Bristol, this type of city wide look at the ethnic diversity of public sector organisations is also believed to be a first in the UK.
In picking up the award the data tool was praised by the award judges for being “the best example of published data and transparent information across business and the public sector on organisational make up, staff and/or customer service.”
In addition the Strategic Leadership Group were commended for a high level of commitment to transparency, moving beyond statutory obligations, demonstrating engagement with a wide range of groups and working together to be transparent and open.
Tackling Race Inequality in 2020
Top 3 Priorities for Bristol’s Public Sector Agencies – A Mid-Year Progress Report.
As part of our annual work plan for 2020 we made a commitment to individually publish what our key race equality priorities were. We also committed to then follow this up with a progress report to share the range of initiatives and interventions that have been delivered in order to tackle these challenges.
The vision for this report came as a result of the publication of our Race Equality H.R. data product to ensure we stated and shared our own individual challenges and actions as well as our collective aims.
This document can also be used as a helpful tool for H.R. Leaders, Race Equality teams and a range of groups and organisations, as it helps to display the range of initiatives and challenges being focused on by partners, enabling opportunities for sharing of knowledge and expertise between agencies where common matters arise. The updates set out in the document also highlight some of the good practice examples being delivered across Bristol which may be of interest to partners.
You can access the document by clicking here.
“Race and the City” – Bristol hosting a national Race Equality Conference
On Friday 18th October 2019 Bristol’s Race Equality Strategic Leaders group were instrumental in hosting a high profile and impactive Race Equality Conference at City Hall, College Green. The Conference was delivered on a national scale by a range of key national leaders and renowned race equality keynote speakers. You can watch the Conference film here.
The Conference also received positive press coverage for the approach and content included. A series of press articles were published in relation to the Conference. These included an MJ press release which can be viewed here and also a Bristol 24/7 publication which is available here.
Speakers present at the event included: Lord Simon Woolley (Founder/Director of Operation Black Vote and Chair of the Race Disparity Unit Advisory Group), Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith (Conference Chair); members of the Cabinet Office and Race Disparity Unit; and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bristol.
Full details of the speech given by Lord Woolley at the Conference can be found here.
This event brought together over 230 delegates made up of national government, regional and local strategic leaders as well as specialist practitioners from across all sectors. Key outcomes were to ensure the creation of lasting networks, sharing good practice and learning, discussing future opportunities and challenges faced as well as setting the future direction of travel for tackling Race Inequality across the city and further afield. The delegate pack for the Conference can be found here.
This exciting, wide reaching conference was the first of its kind on this scale in the city and helped to build on the vast array of progressive multi agency initiatives already underway.
The event was coordinated by Bristol’s Race Equality Strategic Leaders group (RESLG) in partnership with the Commission on Race Equality, One City Office and the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit.
The Conference evaluation report, independently conducted by the Festival of the Future City team can be found here. This report includes comments and feedback from many of the attending delegates.