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Mercer moves to ensure racial equality

Mercer has signed up to the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race at Work Charter that aims to improve the outcomes of BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) employees in the UK workplace.

Mercer, a risk strategy company, said the charter would encourage more positive outcomes for BAME employees in the workplace. The charter would also display Mercer’s commitment for racial equality by “tackling the barriers in recruitment and progression.”

The key elements of the Race at Work Charter include appointing an executive sponsor for race, capturing data and publicising progress and issuing a zero tolerance of harassment and bullying policy.

Sandra Kerr CBE, race equality director for Business in the Community said: “By signing up to the charter [Mercer] are taking action to show that they aspire to have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the country.”

The charter also aims to ensure leaders and managers take responsibility for equality in the workplace and support BAME employees career progressions, reported Mercer.

Sylvia Pozezanac, Mercer UK CEO, added: “We are proud to show our commitment to supporting the development and progression of our racial and ethnically diverse employees and increasing public awareness of these barriers by signing the Race at Work Charter.”

Pozezanac added: “Together we can break down barriers in the workplace, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals.”

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