At Board Apprentice Global, we have felt shock, sadness and fury over the death of George Floyd and the inadequate reaction to it from some leaders. We must stop bias, prejudice, discrimination and the racism that we see all too often. We acknowledge the pain that many underestimated communities, who are also underrepresented and underserved, face on a regular basis.
The Covid-19 global pandemic has also highlighted the increasing disproportionality, inequality and injustice for these communities. This has been magnified by the death of George Floyd and the underlying, historical and continuing systemic racism that many Black and Non-White communities face globally.
More than statements we need stronger leadership, direct intervention (as the market and culture have failed to ensure fairness, merit and quality) and more action to ensure access to opportunity.
Nearly 120 years ago the motto “Deeds not Words” was adopted by Emmeline Pankhurst as the slogan of the Women’s Social and Political Union, which aimed to secure the right to vote for all women. This motto is more than relevant today given the continued challenges of inequality, injustice, disproportionality and lack of opportunity faced by these communities.
We need individuals and organisations to step-up, sponsor, donate, support and scale-up the impact of other individuals and organisations aiming to help these communities that suffer from bias, prejudice, discrimination and, as we see yet again, racism.
At Board Apprentice Global, we have always aimed and continue to address some of the challenges in our own board composition and the programmes we deliver to ensure quality and representation:
-Our Board is 57% female (vs 51% UK population) and 43% Non-White (vs 14% UK population)
-Of our board-ready apprentices: 70% are female and 30% are Non-White
If you, as a board and/or a director, would like to do something and help practically, please sign up your board to host, help develop and provide the opportunity for these high-calibre board-ready diverse individuals.