R.E.A.C.H. & Allies

22 October 2020

How can we help ensure black history is a core part of the curriculum beyond Black History Month?

During Black History Month a great deal of attention is rightly paid to teaching black history in schools and colleges. Outside of October is a different matter, as the curriculum focuses on a predominantly white perspective of events to the detriment of students and society. This is not a criticism of teachers, who do a great deal of excellent work and are under immense pressure to teach the parts of history which will help students do well in their exams. However, the range of history taught in schools does need to expand and anyone involved with a school can help speed up this change.

12 October 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020 - a BAME perspective

Addressing mental health issues can often be seen as a taboo within the BAME community. The reasons for this are complex and include both cultural and societal reasons. As an Asian male, I know mental health is treated as a “theory” or a “myth”; something that is not really there. In this blog, I want to touch upon the reasons for this, but more importantly, I want to share how I try to keep my mental health positive.

Satvir Sokhi

6 October 2020

Developing inclusive cultures and fostering diverse workplaces

Recent events and Black Lives Matter protests have prompted companies to look closely at their own record on ethnic diversity. Having a diverse workplace with a culture of inclusivity is now recognised as being a key factor in business performance and success.  However, achieving it needs some careful consideration by employers.

Corinne Aldridge

28 September 2020

The silent threat of unconscious race discrimination in the workplace

Throughout recent events which have seen an increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and issues of race equality, there has been a lot of discussion around our biases and how we can all do work to unlearn the negative stereotypes that occupy our minds and affect how we see and react to others. Most people know that conscious acts of overt racism in the workplace are unlawful and, thankfully, such occurrences are rare.  But what about the less obvious and sometimes unconscious discriminatory behaviours in the workplace? What are they?  What problems do they cause and what steps can we take to overcome them?

Nadjia Zychowicz

18 August 2020

How can employers and managers tackle racial discrimination in the workplace and encourage people to speak up?

As recent events have shown, race discrimination and lack of diversity in many professions and workplaces is still very much a reality, even in today’s world.  Tackling this issue in the workplace is not easy and, until recently, some employers might have perhaps have tried to avoid doing so unless faced with an obvious issue or complaint.  However, this state of affairs can no longer be the case; employers and managers must now be prepared to take action against racism and encourage others to speak up.

Moira Campbell

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What is Hair Discrimination ? – Kingsley Napley joins the Halo Code

In this REACH podcast hosted by Shannett Thompson Partner in Regulatory, Shannett discusses joining the Halo code, the topic of hair discrimination and what hair discrimination means to them with Kingsley Napley employees from across the firm

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Shannett Thompson and Donna Cummings delve into issues around BAME recruitment

In this episode, Shannett Thompson and Donna Cummings delve into issues around BAME recruitment.

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Positive representation in the tech industry with Ash Cooper

In this podcast episode of KN BAME Talks for Black History Month 2020, Ash Cooper, IT Director at Kingsley Napley, talks about positive representation and his career in the tech industry.

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Shannett Thompson speaks at Urban Lawyers Careers Conf​erence November 2019​

Urban Lawyers works to makes the law more accessible as a career to marginalised groups and improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.​

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Intersecti​onality P​​er-spective - Celebrating Black History Month

Kingsley Napley's BAME and LGBTQ & Allies networks hosted a series of talks at London's Arboretum on 16 October 2019. The focus of the event was to open up the conversation about intersectionality, whilst shining a light on the progress of Black History Month in Britain. The speakers were Charles Irvine, Anthony Francis, Debo Nwauzu and Dr S Chelvan.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2020: BAME heroines who exemplify #EachforEqual

Drawing from the strength of shared experiences, women around the world have been uniting in common struggles such as sexual and domestic violence, pay inequality, reproductive autonomy and climate change. While great leaps forward have been made and women-led movements have been gaining unprecedented attention and support , minority ethnic women are often left behind as these struggles are compounded with the intersection of their race/ethnicity and gender.

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BAME webinar: Challenges faced at work

Recorded Monday 3 December 2018.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020: “Stand Together”

Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January 2020, will mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, where more than a million people perished in gas chambers, most of them Jews. The day is internationally marked in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and other appalling acts of genocide, including later atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and to recognise that the lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant, especially at a time when racism and extremism is on the rise across Europe.

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BAME book club: The Good Immigrant

Our most recent book is by Nikesh Shukla.

Kingsley Napley Diversity and Inclusion Statistics 2019

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Improving diversity at the top

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently launched a consultation on proposed amendments to its Listing Rules aimed at improving diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive committees. In particular, they are seeking feedback on proposals to require listed companies to publicly disclose annually whether they meet specific board diversity targets, including in relation to ethnicity, and to publish the composition of their boards and most senior level of executive management. To understand why such proposals are necessary, it is important to consider the current state of ethnic minority representation in UK leadership, why diversity at senior levels is so vitally important and what steps can employers take to improve diversity.

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