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West Midlands listed second in top 50 'inclusive' employers awards

Five forces have been listed in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2020/21, with West Midlands recognised in second place for its diversity initiatives.
Published - 02/12/2020 By - Chloe Livadeas

West Midlands Police (2nd), Lancashire Constabulary (4th), Cheshire Police (12th), Northumbria Police (16th) and West Yorkshire Police (20th) were all featured in the top 50.

Now in its fifth year, the list recognises best practice and innovation when it comes to diversity that others can learn from.

Inclusive Companies, a membersip body specialising in inclusion, said organisations featured in its list have “provided sufficient evidence on an amalgamation of topics including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversity related initiatives”.

Organisations completed a survey to supply relevant data on inclusion which was then reviewed by an independent advisory board.

Figures around representation of age, disability, gender, race and religion from different levels of employment up to senior and executive level were considered, as well as what diversity networks are in place to support employees.

They were asked what initiatives have been implemented in the past 12 months and which ones are planned for the upcoming year.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner announced this summer the force’s target of recruiting 1,000 BAME officers over the next three years.

In October, West Midlands Police HQ hosted a 'mini Pride' event to talk about the impact of hate crime. Chief constable Dave Thompson attended to meet with members of the force's LGBT+ Network, which exists to support employees and improve the relationship between the police and the gay community.

Inclusive Companies Founder and CEO, Paul Sesay, said: “Companies featured on this year’s list have felt the importance of ensuring individual voices are heard and standing up as responsible employers against discrimination and inequality. Those who ranked are on a continuous journey but have made it their mission to advocate for inclusive workplaces where everyone feels empowered to be the very best they can be”.

Jiten Patel, Conscious Inclusion Specialist and IT50 judge, said: “This year, the world was rocked by Covid19 and the senseless killing of George Floyd.  Companies are talking about diversity and inclusion more than ever and, of course, it is great to recognise those that are really creating culture change”.

The number one employer was the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

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