The Diversity Pledge initiative is an outcome of the ‘En-Route to Sustainable Employment’ project, delivered by the Mayor’s Fund for London, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
It aim to break barriers for young people from BAME backgrounds in starting sustainable careers, in particular within the transport sector. Transforming outreach, recruitment and progression practices will not only help organisations to build a more diverse employee base but also create sustainable business benefits.
We will engage and work with transport businesses to sign up to the Pledge and our ambition is to extend the initiative into other sectors.
“With London’s fantastic culture and ethnic diversity, there is a real opportunity for business to take advantage by hiring a diverse workforce. At a time when young people are needing more support to access skills and job opportunities on their doorstep, it is vital we provide opportunities to engage with employers and work with experts and stakeholders from business and civil society on promoting the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion in work.”
Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement
“Having commitment from employers to increase support of young people from minority ethnic and low-income groups forms an important part of reducing the high rates of poverty that exist among these communities. The Diversity Pledge goes a long way to providing the support transport employers need to be able to do this work well.”
Dr. Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation