05 December 2018
Bristol scoops equality and diversity award
Race equality work in Bristol has been praised at the
prestigious Global Equality and Diversity Awards with a
ground-breaking project picking up a top prize.
Bristol's Race Equality Strategic Leaders group scooped the
Transparency award for their work in researching and publicising
the demographic statistics of some of the city's major
The group's recently published Annual Report of the Bristol
Manifesto for Race Equality Strategic Leaders Group set out the
city's first ever data picture of 11 of Bristol's largest public
sector bodies including Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health
Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust. 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.
Mike Jackson, Executive Director for Resources at Bristol City
Council and chair of the Strategic Leaders Group, said: "It's great
that the hard work of the Manifesto Leadership group has been
recognised in this way. This past year has seen us achieve a major
milestone on our route to achieving the ambitions laid out in the
Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality. For the first time we have an
accurate picture of the ethnic make-up of the public sector in
Bristol - so we can pinpoint where our resources should be focused.
We also hope that our work will provide a blueprint for others
across the country to work collaboratively to understand the issues
they face and put in place sustainable solutions to tackling racial
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.
The Strategic Leadership Group was formed in response to the
Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality. Its aim was to bring together
all public sector organisations in the city to work collaboratively
to tackle the issues the Manifesto raises.
With a rapidly changing population profile, the group felt
Bristol needed to better understand the employment statistics of
its major public sector organisations. Using this data the group's
members will now work together to set out a number of actions to
take on creating opportunities for BME employees and potential
One such project that is up and running already is the city's
Stepping Programme which provides dedicated tutoring and mentorship
to provide individuals from BME backgrounds the chance to develop
their leadership skills. The programme aims to increase the ethnic
diversity of leadership across all sectors in Bristol by producing
a pool of BME talent to provide employers with greater choice in
The Strategic Leaders Group's annual report can be viewed online
by visiting the Bristol City Council