It’s been a year since the UK Diversity, Equality and Inclusion action plan was launched. We would like to share what we have achieved, what we have learnt, and the way forward.

When we started the journey, we underwent the Talent Inclusion and Diversity Evaluation (TIDE) assessment which measures and benchmarks progress on Diversity and Inclusion using an external framework. We are pleased to share that our TIDE assessment score this year has significantly improved (doubled) from last year, with IRC UK ranking number 74 against 137 participant organisations, and in second place amongst participating charities. Key areas of progress were in the areas of DEI strategy and planning, communication and attraction and recruitment.

Today, 86% of the UK Management Team are women and 43% identify as BAME; on the UK Board, we have 46% women and 38% identifying as BAME, including Trustees who have lived experience of conflict and displacement. We believe our focus on attracting more diverse people into the organisation through targeted activities, such as using specific jobsites, blind recruitment, shortlisting and hiring manager engagement, is showing progress. In 2021, 35% of new starters identify as BAME compared to 16% in 2020.

We now have:

What we have learnt:

What is coming:

The UK Management Team will be working on a longer-term strategy so we can continue to make progress on this important topic. We are not finished yet and know there is still more work to do to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our organisation, and we will continue to work with colleagues to hold us to account in achieving this.