We’ve just had our webinar on racial Diversity and Inclusion, the first on our series of Practical measures on re-thinking business after covid-19. It was a great discussion on practices and actions that SME’s can take to overcome barriers on racism and inequalities, as well as some important insights on acknowledging that racism is a systemic problem, nevertheless we know that is a very complex subject and sometimes we can feel lost about how we can start addressing the problems.

To help you navigate though the labyrinth of self-reflection, education and action, we would like to share a collection of carefully curated resources made available for us by Amelie Lambert, extended with business related D&I tools and links by Marina Bradford and myself. Some of them are UK focused, but surely suiting the global context. Feel free to explore and share it!

 “It can often start with you and another person, or you and two people, having a conversation about what the world can be and here are the steps you can take. You need to take concrete steps — small ones, like steps on a ladder — to get to systemic change.

DeRay Mckesson 
How you can be an ally in the fight for racial justice

D&I Tools

4D Sustainability Canvas
Toolkit for inclusive spaces
Resources and tools by Business in the community

Support Black businesses

Listen and Learn

Systemic inequalities and racism do exist. Recognizing that we know little about it is a good starting point. Understanding the causes of racism, reflecting on unconscious bias (including concepts of white privilege & systemic or institutional racism) is our duty as individuals, organisations and institutions that make up a society.

From a personal point of view, self-education is of crucial importance, we can start doing our own research, acknowledging our privilege (if applies), to help you here are some great resources to get started:

Sustainability & Racial Inequality

So, to white people who care about maintaining a habitable planet, I need you to become actively anti-racist. I need you to understand that our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis. If we don’t work on both, we will succeed at neither. I need you to step up. Please. Because I am exhausted.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet

Engage. Reach out. Prompt the conversation.

So you could do it better equipped find out how to become allies with the BLM and other movements in your own communities and country. Start at your home! In the book Road Map for Revolutionaries you can find “a lucid, refreshing, and concise guide […] to transform rage into productive, long-term resistance”.

Take Action for Anti-Racism, justice and equality.

  • CHECK YOUR OWN biases
  • CALL IT when you see/hear it. Being a by-stander enables injustice to take place.
  • DEMAND transparency and action for equality & racial justice from your local authorities: r
    – Write to your MP (find your local MP if you are in the UK here)  
    – Petition: example – Introduce Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting
  • DISCUSS with friends, relatives, community and in the workplace. For example, is your organisation promoting and applying fair and equal pay? Diversity practices?
  • JOIN the demonstrations 
  • DONATE to organisations that are already working on addressing the issues:
    ENAR: pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe.
    UK charities and organisations all tackling racism in different ways.
    Dos Afros Pro Mundo: Brazilian NGO working on the integration of black informal workers and afro entrepreneurs into formal supply chains.
  • How to support anti racist if you can’t donate (UK)

Opinion pieces

Further resources + readings lists (including films and documentaries)

Business and inclusion

We hope the above content provides the right framework to begin a sustainable and effective action. Have something to add? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!