The Acas Podcast
The Acas Podcast
Jul 3, 2020
Black lives matter: the workplace
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Black lives matter: the workplace

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought ingrained racism to the foreground. In this episode, Rachel Rockson, Chair of the Acas Race Equality Network, and Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Acas, share their insights into what organisations and individuals can do to make our workplaces truly more equal, including what intersectionality is and why it matters. We look at how racism and inequality are experienced and persist, what white people need to do to be part of change, and what organisations and leaders need to do to be responsible for change. Plus: how investing and committing to equality benefits everyone.

Acas advice

Improving equality, diversity and inclusion in workplaces:

Discrimination, bullying and harassment:

Webinar - what to do if you think you are being discriminate against:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy template:

Acas helpline: 0300 123 1100

Key UK organisations

The Equality, Advisory and Support Service offers advice for people facing discrimination:

Government Equalities Office:

Equality and Human Rights Commission:

External resources

This is not an exhaustive list and we highly recommend carrying out your own research too, but we hope you find these links useful:

McKinsey evidence for the positive impact of diversity and barriers to inclusion:

Everyday racism: what should we do? Akala (3m):

3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace | Melinda Epler (9m):

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (20m):

An anti-racist reading list:


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