In 2022, CMI is celebrating our 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion we are exploring what best practice looks like in modern management by looking at the barriers that remain to inclusive practice and maximising talent in the workplace, and how - as managers and leaders, we can take steps to overcome these barriers.

One of the themes we are exploring is ethnicity in the workplace.

The workplace in review: Ethnicity

A lack of diversity in management and leadership positions is a longstanding problem in the UK. Diverse ethnic groups make up 13% of the UK working population and 12% of UK managers but these percentages mask large differences between different ethnic groups.

Government action to close gaps has been limited but employers also need to be doing more.

We know there are examples of good practice but CMI research shows a clear gap between the warm words and lukewarm actions of managers and leaders.

So what needs to change?

We are carefully listening to our community as we aim to develop race equity fluency among managers and organisations. We encourage members to share their feedback on the terminology we use to

Ethnicity Discussion Paper

Ethnicity in the Workplace

We want to understand the barriers that remain to create fair, inclusive workplaces, and the practical steps leaders can take for positive action. Read the discussion paper on Ethnicity in the workplace.

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How CMI can help

CMI Race Equity

CMI Race Equity was established to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of great leadership. Supporting people to create more equal, diverse and inclusive organisations by driving change through professional leadership and management practices.

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CMI’s community networks are made up of passionate individuals who come together to advocate for real change in their organisations and industries.

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