Macmillan manager secretly recorded and misleadingly edited meeting with colleague, report finds

The charity has apologised for racist and ableist behaviour identified in an independent report conducted by the Social Justice Collective

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(Photograph: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A manager at Macmillan Cancer Care secretly recorded a meeting with another member of staff at the charity, it has been alleged.

A transcript of the meeting was then misleadingly edited and shared inside Macmillan, according to the claims.

The account is included in a highly critical internal report, seen by Third Sector, examining the experiences of ethnic minority and disabled employees at the charity.

It quotes one member of staff who said they experienced “being recorded by [a] manager without my consent and provided with a highly edited transcript of events, without the microaggressions that upset me”.

The transcript “was also sent to the team lead”, according to the unnamed employee.

The incident is included as an example of staff concerns about how senior managers at Macmillan handled reports of discrimination.

The charity commissioned consultants at the Social Justice Collective to compile the report, which said that staff described “an organisational culture at Macmillan that is systematically racist and ableist”

Its findings were first covered in The Times newspaper on Friday.

Macmillan did not dispute the covert recording event mentioned in the report and repeated its apology for the experiences described.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The Social Justice Collective was commissioned to create a confidential, safe and supportive space for colleagues who identify as disabled and/or ethnically diverse to share their experiences of working at Macmillan and we are extremely grateful to those who recounted their experiences. 

“We are deeply sorry that these experiences happened in the first place. Our leadership team has fully accepted the findings and all recommendations made in the report.  

“To ensure a safe space for colleagues, the experiences shared in this exercise have been anonymised, which means we cannot follow up on specific examples included in the report.

“However, these are incredibly concerning and we are working with colleagues within our staff networks to establish a safe way for the incidents recounted in the report, or other experiences, to be reported. If colleagues choose to report through this channel, all incidents will be fully investigated and acted upon. 

“There is no place for racist or ableist behaviour at Macmillan.”

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