UK Coatings Industry Launches Equity Charter


Earlier this week, the British Coatings Federation launched the United Kingdom coatings industry’s first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Charter.

According to the emailed release, the charter is a public commitment that recognizes and celebrates companies in the sector who are committed to working towards a “more balanced, fair and high-performing sector.”

“Diversity and inclusion are increasingly important to the coatings industry, our customers, stakeholders and investors so I am delighted that we have launched the British Coatings Federation’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Charter,” commented Lisa Kelly, Head of BTC U.K. & Ireland (a BASF brand) and BCF ED&I Committee Chair

“By signing up to the Charter, companies are not only demonstrating their commitment to an inclusive workforce but also the steps they are taking towards making this goal a reality.”

The charter outlines both steps to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as companies’ commitment, including:

  • To lead by example and make a difference;
  • To promote positive change within the company and across the coatings industry by empowering and educating leaders;
  • To make employees feel comfortable to speak out in the workplace;
  • To support diverse recruitment, retention and progression;
  • To collaborate and share best practice; and
  • To recognize that each company will have a different starting point and that progress will not look the same for every organization.

“By signing the Charter, over 30 BCF members have committed to showing leadership to embed ED&I in their organizations, which is a fantastic start. The Charter includes company commitments to proactively support the BCF in benchmarking, monitoring and reporting on their progress,” added BCF CEO Tom Bowtell.

“The Charter is only the beginning of the journey, and I’m looking forward to working with Lisa and the ED&I Committee to move this important issue forward.”

A full list of signatories, as well as the charter, can be found here.


Tagged categories: Associations; British Coatings Federation; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Equality; EU; Good Technical Practice; Industry News; Program/Project Management

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