The McGregor-Smith Review 2017
The time for talking is over. Now is the time to act. Race in the workplace.
The Mc-Gregor Smith review considered the issues and obstacles faced by businesses and individuals in developing black and minority ethnic (BME) talent, from entry into the workforce through to executive level.
Baroness McGregor-Smith found that there was discrimination and bias "at every stage of an individual's career, and even before it begins". There remains a structural bias favouring certain groups, as organisations and individuals tend to hire in their own image, whether consciously or not. There remains a lack of BME role models, and individuals responding to the call for evidence felt that the main barrier to their progression was the lack of connections to the "right people".
The review made 26 recommendations for improvement, and concluded:
“The time for talking is over. Now is the time to act. It will require concerted and sustained effort from all of us but the solutions are already there, if we only choose to apply them.”