Peridot's commitment to BAME inclusivity by Managing Director, Grant Taylor
I have always believed that Peridot is an inclusive employer supportive of equality, diversity, and inclusion. I can also point to many examples of how we have helped our clients to diversify their leadership teams and boards. I can find ways to show you the impact of those appointments.
I realise that we are a little late to release a statement. I do not believe in empty statements and together we felt it was essential that we only offer our thoughts after a period of listening, learning and reflection.
We have tried to come to terms with recent events following the death of George Floyd and I can now see that we have not been doing enough.
We have a position of influence as a recruitment company to make our positive contribution to change the systems that perpetuate discrimination, and with that comes a responsibility to do better.
I realise now that it is not enough to not be racist. As Angela Y. Davis says: “we must be actively anti-racist.”
This is more than working hard to find diverse candidates, adapting processes, or challenging our clients to overcome their biases. That is standard practice.
Being proactively anti-racist, doing more than placing one BAME candidate at a time, is a responsibility we now embrace.
We’ve started three new initiatives to work with and collaborate with more BAME people to reach their leadership potential. Helping BAME people secure platforms to influence lasting change is our goal:
At Peridot Partners we recognise that unconscious bias exists. Being a recruitment company, bias must be minimised and processes put in place to manage them. In 2019, all our staff undertook unconscious bias training and I will ensure that new staff go through this training. We will refresh the training regularly.
Finally, whilst we are diverse and inclusive in so many ways, and are proud to employ BAME staff, our staff team could better reflect the diversity of our society. I give my personal commitment to make more BAME appointments in the future.
We recognise that Black Lives Matter, and we will be ensuring that we use our influence, time, and resources to address the systemic issues that disproportionally affect BAME people within the sectors we operate in.