Last month, California tech activists secured a significant victory, in their fight to have their voices elevated above the pervasive culture of silence and non-disclosure, surrounding harassment and discrimination. California Governor, Gavin Newson, signed Senate Bill 331, more commonly known as the Silenced No More Act, into law. What is the Act? With much of their… Read More »Tech Voices Scale Wall of Silence
As organisations look to accelerate progress on corporate diversity & inclusion (D&I), a lack of collaboration, uniformity and action across organisations, combined with fledgling policies, leave D&I strategies falling short of intended goals. Howlett Brown partnered with Baker McKenzie to produce a new report which looks at the connection between diversity, inclusion and compliance and… Read More »Strengthening Corporate Compliance With Diversity And Inclusion
Speaking at the Women in Finance Charter Annual Review Launch, the FCA CEO, Nikhil Rathi, referred to possibly expanding on the five conduct questions that the FCA ask of senior managers on conduct risk, to include a diversity related question, “is your management team diverse enough to provide adequate challenge and do you create the… Read More »Holding Financial Firms To Account: FCA Prove That Diversity And Inclusion Is Non-negotiable
Tribunal Decision Turns Tide Against ‘stale’ Discrimination And Harassment Training – But What Does This Really Mean For Employers?
In February this year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal and rejected an employer’s all reasonable steps defence to a claim of racial harassment in Allay (UK) Ltd v Mr S Gehlen, on the basis that the employer’s equality and diversity training had become ‘stale’ and ineffective. This case… Read More »Tribunal Decision Turns Tide Against ‘stale’ Discrimination And Harassment Training – But What Does This Really Mean For Employers?
Since the killing of George Floyd and the global focus on the Black Lives Matter movement, organisations and individuals have committed to be more aware and actively anti-racist. With that heightened awareness has come the realisation of the challenge ahead. Organisations and individuals may now, more than ever, be thinking that things need to change. … Read More »Establishing A Resilient Anti-racist Workplace Culture
Many organisations in the UK are engaging advisers to help them on anti-racism training programmes. But what is anti-racism and what sort of training should organisations be looking for to build anti-racist cultures? The obvious response is that anti-racism is the opposite of racism. But that is too simplistic an answer. Racism is too complex a… Read More »What Is Anti-racism?
The Ivors Academy has announced that Charlene Brown, Founder and Director of people intelligence company Howlett Brown, will Chair its new Ethics Committee. The Committee will advise the Academy Board on ethics-related issues, including setting up a new ethical framework for the Academy’s activities, which will include awards and membership. While the Academy has existing… Read More »Charlene Brown Appointed Chair Of The Ivors Academy Ethics Committee
Microaggressions can be subtle, difficult to spot and even harder to articulate. Unaddressed, they can be harmful to individuals and workplace culture. Individuals and organisations struggle to deal with microaggressions, and we have been asked by several clients to help them with training. We have therefore devised a training package to tackle the issue of microaggressions in the workplace and the training… Read More »Training Employees On How To Recognise, Navigate And Reduce Microaggressions In The Workplace
We recently worked with the online entrepreneurial community, BossBabe, delivering anti-racism training to their team and members. We discussed and advised on how to be better allies, how to recognise and respond to microaggressions and bias both inside and outside of the workplace. You can read about their biggest takeaways and feedback on the training… Read More »‘incredible’ Anti-racism Training For Online Community
The momentum behind the #MeToo movement has encouraged thousands of women to report their own mistreatment in the workplace and the number of complaints continue to rise. Just as one scandal fades away, another replaces it, with recent press articles highlighting that this is still very much a systemic issue for employers and there is… Read More »Putting An End To Sexual Harassment In The Workplace