Keltbray signs Race at Work charter to address racial inequality

Construction engineering organisation Keltbray has signed the Race at Work charter in order to improve working conditions for its black, Asian and minority ethnic employees.

The business has joined more than 600 employers that have already signed up to the charter, which was created in partnership with the UK government and charity Business in the Community back in 2018.

Keltbray, which currently employs 2,000 members of staff, has set out five actions for signatories, including appointing an executive sponsor for race, capturing data and publicising progress, ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying, making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers, and taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression.

Sandra Kerr CBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, thanked Keltbray for setting out their commitment to being an inclusive and responsible employer, and that by signing up to the charter, they are showing that they aspire to have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the country.

“Together we can break down barriers in the workplace, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals and deliver an enormous boost to the long-term economic position of the UK,” she said.

Darren James, chief executive officer at Keltbray, added that signing up to the Race at Work charter is an important step in Keltbray’s journey, and the business is pleased to be setting out its commitment to becoming a more inclusive employer, as its people are its top priority.

Keltbray is committed to fostering an environment where the workforce can thrive regardless of ethnicity or background and is looking forward to working with Business in the Community to drive this agenda forward and ensure the business sees progress that creates a real, lasting impact on the organisation and the industry, he continued.