Acas has been named as one of the UK's Best Employers for Race

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Workplace expert, Acas, has been recognised as one of 70 employers in the Business in the Community's (BITC) Best Employers for Race listing, published today.

BITC's 2018 list recognises organisations for their leadership on race equality and inclusion in the workplace and how their policies are positively impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within their organisations.

Acas Head of Diversity, Julie Dennis, said:

"We are honoured to be named as one of the Best Employers for Race by Business in the Community this year. Acas has a range of initiatives on diversity and inclusion such as a BAME mentoring scheme and a training programme to help ensure there's BAME staff on our recruitment and interview panels.

"Race equality is an organisation priority and our future plans include targeting universities with a large BAME student population about career opportunities available at Acas and promoting new vacancies through diverse networks nationwide."

Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, Sandra Kerr OBE, said:

"Congratulations to Acas on being named in the Best Employers for Race 2018 listing. They have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to creating fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces that work for all employees, including those from BAME backgrounds.

"In a rapidly changing global business environment, it's vital that organisations make the most of all the diverse talent available to them to successfully compete, and Acas is doing just that.

"I hope more employers will learn from their example, seize the moment to act on workplace race equality and following the example set out by the leading employers in this listing by signing up for Race at Work Charter launched earlier this month."

Notes to editors

1. For media enquiries please contact Shumon Ali-Rahman, Senior Media Manager on 0330 109 3642 or salirahman@acas.org.uk. For out of hours media enquiries please call the out of hours duty press officer on 0330 109 707.

2. For media enquiries about BITC's Best Employers for Race listing, please contact Laura Cooney on 020 7566 8653 / 07946 560 490 or laura.cooney@bitc.og.uk

3. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Our expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year. Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law. For more information, check out the Acas website: http://www.acas.org.uk

4. Business in the Community's Best Employers for Race listing aims to identify the best employers in terms of diversity and showcase organisations that are leading on workplace race equality. For more information please see: http://race.bitc.org.uk


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