About this toolkit

The recent tensions and protests across the US and around the world following the death of George Floyd in police custody on the 25 May 2020, have highlighted the racial tensions, racism and discrimination experienced by many people not just in the United States but around the world. The protests have enabled communities to share their own examples of injustice and illustrates the need for open discourse.

We have developed this toolkit to help individuals and organisations initiate race conversations as a starting point for driving change. It incorporates global leading practice but is tailored to the UK.

Racism and racial discrimination are a global reality and can be found in all regions of the world, including Britain. While each regional context is different, the experience of exclusion, microaggressions, violence and discrimination are unfortunately very similar.

To have conversations successfully, we need to acknowledge – and work through – barriers (i.e. assumptions, attitudes, experiences, emotions, discomfort and fear of making mistakes) that can stifle progress. Learning how to overcome these obstacles takes practice, attention, and most importantly, intention.

Organisations play a critical role in creating environments that are psychologically safe for employees to feel comfortable to share their views – including having meaningful and constructive conversations about race. These conversations should not be a one-off but form part of an ongoing approach to diversity, inclusion and equity.