This is a critical moment for society that demands bold action from all of us. The scale of the challenge to tackle racial inequality is huge but we are passionate in our determination to secure change – both for our organisation and the young people we serve.
The primary purpose of the EY Foundation is to support young people who face barriers to succeeding in the workplace. With over 80% of the young people we work with from Black, Asian or ethnic minority communities, our team and Board need to reflect the young people we support.
In 2019, we made diversity and inclusion a strategic priority, with a focus on race. We will build on the action already taken to accelerate meaningful change. This includes moving away from placing people from different ethnic backgrounds into one category, to more effectively address the specific issues facing each group. We acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, but we will continue to work with young people, employers and other partners to evolve our approach and contribute to building a fairer and more equal society.
Today we publish eleven commitments around race, and in the coming months and years we will publish our progress against them.
Key commitments include:
- By 2025, we commit to take all lawful steps to achieve 50% of our team and leadership team will come from Black, Asian or ethnic minority communities. Specifically, it is our objective that 30% of our team and leadership team will come from the Black community.
- By 2025, we commit that 50% of our Board in key positions of influence will be from Black, Asian or ethnic minority communities. Specifically, 30% will come from the Black community. Influencing positions include: Chair, Treasurer, Chairs of sub-committees, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Safeguarding Lead, Chair and Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Board.
- Starting in 2021, we will work with EY to give at least 30% of Black young people on our programmes a place with EY on work experience. For the next five years, we will work with EY in partnership to offer entry into EY school leaver pathways to at least 30% of Black young alumni of the Smart Futures and Our Future programmes.
You can view our full list of commitments here.
Hear what some members of our Youth Advisory Board think: