The Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB) has received the prestigious RACE Equality Code Quality Mark for its work towards race equality and tackling discrimination in the workplace.

The RACE Equality Code is designed to help organisations tackle boardroom race equality and make their leadership more representative of the communities they serve. It provides one set of standards and an accountability framework based on the latest laws, codes and best practice, and turns existing recommendations into real action that organisations across every sector can take.

Organisations that use the RACE Equality Code to create real and lasting change are awarded the RACE Equality Code Mark.

To receive the accreditation, the Black Country ICB had to go through an in-depth assessment and develop an action plan to demonstrate that it encourages racial equality and the work that is being undertaken to further improve and support its diverse workforce.

Shajeda Ahmed, Chief People Office for the NHS Black Country ICB, said: “The RACE Equality Code provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate in a robust, transparent and comprehensive manner how we will achieve our race equality goals in the Black Country. It is designed to challenge managers to identify ways in which they could improve diversity and race equality, ensuring staff and service users feel both valued and understood.

“We’re extremely proud to have received the RACE Equality Code Quality Mark in recognition of the vital work we’re doing in this area. This is clearly not the end and there is still much to be done, but it marks an important step in our journey and shows that we’re fully committed to tackling discrimination in the workplace.”

For more information, visit the RACE Equality Code website here.

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