CMI Race

Supporting people to create more equal, diverse and inclusive organisations by driving change through professional leadership and management practices.

About the network

CMI Race was established in 2017 to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of great leadership. Our foundational report, Delivering Diversity, sets out the economic reasons why diversity in the workplace should be a business-critical issue for every organisation and leader.

Delivering Diversity also provides clear, practical steps that leaders can take immediately to make an impact. McKinsey research clearly shows a diversity dividend for organisations, but only 31% of managers said their organisation had Board level representation of ethnic minority groups.

Delivering Diversity Report

Front view of diverse business people discussing with each other in meeting at conference room in a modern office

Collective responsibility

We are gathering the world-class expertise of CMI members and partners to ensure that the management profession doesn’t miss the opportunity to take a leading role in championing diversity. To do this, we will equip managers with the tools and confidence to talk effectively about race and to create truly fair and inclusive workplaces.

It is our collective responsibility to listen, learn, educate, and take action. To be active allies, to never be bystanders against any act of exclusion

Pavita Cooper CCMI - Chair CMI Race
Pavita joined Heather Melville OBE CCMI (chair of CMI Women and member of CMI Race) in conversation with CMI chief executive Ann Francke OBE to discuss Inclusive Leadership: Will Covid-19 Alter The Momentum?


We will be holding virtual CMI Race events to break the silence around race. These pragmatic discussions will support our work to produce a practical guide for managers, featuring expert advice and ‘frequently asked questions’.

A recent event invited leaders and experts to discuss the guidance from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England on supporting the wellbeing and mental health of Black colleagues and people from diverse ethnic groups. Read our insights article, Five ways to create an anti-racist workplace or you can watch the full recording of the discussion on Supporting Colleagues' Wellbeing.

Several members of the CMI Race Advisory Committee shared their personal experiences of racism and thoughts on what actions are still needed to achieve race equality at work. Read our insights article, How to create psychologically safe workplaces for colleagues from diverse ethnic groups and you can watch the full recording of the impactful, honest discussion.

Take a look at CMI’s upcoming events, and sign up to receive the latest news and event invitations from CMI.

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We will continue to research and report on the key issues relating to race at work, whilst maintaining a forward focus and an unshakeable belief that everyone can do better.

Sometimes this will mean challenging the status quo and being controversial but always with the desire to create a better future. Find out Why Inclusive Leadership Matters More Than Ever and listen to our chair discuss this topic in a recent Management Transformed podcast.

Knowledge and Insights Hub CMI Podcast



Our vision of better led and managed organisations is achieved by increasing the number and standard of professionally qualified managers. CMI Race champions professional development for people tasked with driving change on equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

There are two CMI qualifications that can be taken standalone or as units within the Level 5 and Level 7 Management and Leadership qualifications:


Take Action

We want to celebrate the managers and leaders who have already started to drive change in their organisations and seek to inspire future leaders.

Read more about Manisha Mistry CMgr MCMI and Dalton Leong CMgr CCMI, who are both members of CMI Race and enjoyed deserved success in the Chartered Manager of the Year awards 2020.

We are currently supporting the development of bitesize programmes in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on Management Direct, CMI members’ online learning portal, as well as developing a wealth of resources, guidance and practical tools for managers of all levels.

Chartered Manager of the Year 2020 Management Direct Member Resources