The social sector has a diversity issue. And we’re missing out on talent as a result.
We’re building on our previous research, which suggested many in the social sector did not know what to do about diversity or believed it didn’t apply to them. Our goal is to amplify voices within the sector, sharing practical advice and honest personal perspectives to empower the social sector, including ourselves, to step up and do better.
We certainly do not claim to have all the answers. We are grappling with the same uncertainties as many of you. We know we have a huge amount to do ourselves. This is just the start of our conversation, and we would love to hear your thoughts on what we should do next.
So, what can you expect from Walking the Talk? Each contribution is different, but we think there are some clear themes:
- Share power. This means giving employees time and capacity to develop solutions. Avoid tokenism by having people with lived experience as trustees.
- Share responsibility. Diversity, inclusion and equality are everyone’s job. Be values driven at every level across your organisation.
- Take an intersectional approach. It is not good enough to take on one category at a time. Barriers in the workplace are interconnected. Viewing each in isolation leads to a tick box mentality.
We hope that by engaging with the contributions below you will be inspired and equipped to act, so that as a sector we can together walk the talk on diversity.
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WalkingTheTalk.
For more on Walking the Talk, join us at NPC’s annual conference. This year’s NPC Ignites will feature a breakout session on putting equality, diversity and inclusion into practice. Book your tickets here.
We are also hosting a free seminar on diversity on 30 September. Sign up here to attend ‘Where do trustees fit with the debate on diversity and inclusion?’