Report: Charity approach to diversity is 'piecemeal at best'

08 May 2017 News

Charities need to work harder to improve diversity at every level, according to a new report. 

Recruitment consultancy Green Park and substance misuse prevention charity Addaction have produced a free guide – Thinking Differently About Difference; the Value of Diversity in the Social Sector - challenging the sector to think in new ways about diversity and embed it across all parts of the organisation. 

The report warns that diversity "too often feels like something entirely separate from the wider corporate strategy: a bolt-on, an obligation or a short-term fix, or something to be addressed when the finances are stable, the top team is in place and the agenda is riding high in government". 

It says the current approach is "piecemeal at best" and that "good intentions are not being converted into successes".

It calls on senior leaders to do more challenge and question assumptions. 

Writing in the foreword, Guy Pink, interim chief executive at Addaction, said: “We are seeing a change in language towards diversity and inclusion. You cannot have one without the other. 

“Diverse organisations may not be inclusive, inclusiove organisations may not be diverse. The Holy Grail is to be found in combining the two, to create genuinely diverse organisations that think differently and serve their communities and populations in ways that are truly inclusive.”

The report has recommendations around improving diversity on boards, executive leadership teams and among volunteers. 

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