Members of Charity People in a meeting

Note - one of our blog posts details more information on our Diversity journey

Diversity and Inclusion:

We are completely committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. We recognise that the charity sector has significant work to do to become more representative of the communities it serves.

​Our Diversity and Inclusion committee meets regularly to discuss both our internal and external commitments. Our aim is to be a sector leader when it comes to inclusive recruitment.

​In December 2019, our consultants underwent unconscious bias and inclusivity training to ensure they are managing recruitment campaigns with inclusive practices. We recognise that many of our clients need support to improve their processes and we want to ensure our staff have the best and most effective tools to do that.We also acknowledge that we still have learning to do; the inclusion space is constantly evolving and we need to be open and responsive to that

​We actively challenge our clients’ job descriptions and person specifications to ensure they do not discriminate. We are supporters of the #nongraduateswelcome campaign.

​Our adverts will continue to promote the following message on behalf of our clients:

​“Charity People actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We match charity needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for the charities we work with.”

​We encourage our consultants to share and proof-read advert and communications copy to ensure the language used is inclusive.

​For exclusive roles, we anonymise CV's, delete education dates and remove additional detail related to protected characteristics.

​We are actively monitoring our Diversity and Inclusion statistics for both placed and shortlisted candidates. We are happy to support the specific diversity needs and aims of our hiring clients to ensure shortlists are representative.

We work with charities to ensure their roles are reaching a diverse range of candidates and
encourage them to recruit for potential talent with transferable skillsets where possible.  Our consultants are encouraged to build and grow their individual networks with diverse and
under-represented groups.  We work with thought-leaders and diversity experts to increase our knowledge and skills.

​In 2020, we will be launching a pilot project in Manchester to increase access to our roles for BAME communities and to support BAME candidates into trustee roles. We are working alongside a collaboration of Manchester’s leading Arts organisations to scope an on-going pilot project to increase BAME representation in fundraising in the North West.

​This is such an important issue. We recognise that demands on charities are greater than ever. The need for services is increasing, but fundraising is facing new and significant challenges. We realise at such times it can be tempting to recruit from a smaller pool of candidates, within your known communities and networks. We want to support all of our clients to expand their horizons and help to connect them with communities they may not otherwise be able to reach.

​For any further information on how Charity People can support you with your Diversity and Inclusion aims, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the team.