Acevo commits to diversity targets for staff and trustees

The charity leaders body says that, by 2024, 40 per cent of its staff and trustees will be from BAME backgrounds and 20 per cent will have disabilities

The charity chief executives umbrella body Acevo has set itself new targets to increase diversity among its staff and board over the next five years.

Acevo said it wanted to have a workforce and board gender split of 60:40 in favour of women, 40 per cent of staff and trustees to be from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background and 20 per cent of staff and trustees to be disabled by 2024.

The umbrella body’s 15 staff members are 93 per cent female and 34 per cent BAME at the moment, but it has no disabled employees.

The 11-strong board at Acevo has a 60:40 gender split already, but only 27 per cent are BAME and none of the trustees are disabled.

A five-year target has been set for achieving Acevo’s diversity targets in its workforce, and three years for its board.

In a statement on its website, Acevo said it based its BAME targets on the Greater London population, which is where Acevo’s office is based and where most of its staff live.

Gender targets are based on the gender split of the voluntary sector workforce and its disability target is based on the proportion of the working-age population of England and Wales who are classified as disabled.

Acevo said it would be looking to proactively recruit staff and trustees from other communities, including LGBT+, a "range of ages" and from different socio-economic backgrounds.

The membership body added that other organisations wanting to adopt their own targets should do so based on their own objectives and undertake a demographic analysis before making a decision on the policy to adopt.

The statement said Acevo would ensure it continued to build an inclusive workplace and would continue to monitor and review the results of its drive for greater diversity.

In a blog post, Vicky Browning, chief executive of Acevo, said: "We have sought to be bold in our targets and be clear about their purpose. They are not a recruitment tool or a finishing line.

"Reaching these targets will not mean we have ‘done’ diversity, which is a continual process that requires nurturing an inclusive workplace culture."

Last week, Acevo and Voice4Change England launched a project to research diversity in the charity sector, to ask BAME staff to share their experiences and views and consider how to achieve change.

Acevo has also previously called for minimum diversity targets in the charity sector.

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