Removing barriers so everyone can thrive
Through action, allyship, and anti-racism our Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) plan is making Vodafone UK a more inclusive place to be.
Working with our employee networks and internal teams we’re creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds and cultures can be themselves and achieve their best.
Making change happen
We’ve set ourselves targets to make sure we’re doing more to end racial inequality everywhere. By 2025, we will increase the number of people from ethnically diverse heritages in leadership positions to 20% of UK-based senior management, 4% of whom will be Black.
Through our REACH strategy, we’re also focussing on the barriers many people face due to their race, ethnicity or cultural heritage. This includes initiatives like reciprocal mentoring, talent development programmes and investing in more inclusive recruitment tools.
Showing our commitment
Vodafone UK is signed up to The Race at Work Charter – a public commitment to improving the experiences of underrepresented colleagues at work. Through it, we’ve committed to:
- Appointing an Executive Sponsor for Race
- Capturing data and publicising our progress
- Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
- Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders
- Taking action to support greater career progression for people from ethnic minority backgrounds
Our Multicultural Inclusion Network (MIN) is open to everyone at Vodafone UK, regardless of their race, ethnicity or nationality. By celebrating different cultures, the group works to create greater understanding and an even deeper sense of belonging among everyone here.
Our Black Professionals Network and Friends (BPNet & Friends) exists to empower people from African and Caribbean descent to develop the careers they want. Through initiatives and events, they’re enabling and encouraging Black professionals to celebrate their identity, establishing a system of support to help them progress and educating everyone at Vodafone UK on issues around race.
Events and training
To date, we’ve run many activities to raise awareness, start conversations and tackle issues. These include sessions on allyship, a ‘Let’s Celebrate Black History’ webinar and Diversi-TEA event, virtual cook-along lunches, networking events, a ‘Let’s talk about REACH’ fireside chat and other virtual discussions to name just a few.
As part of the Connected Leaders Academy of McKinsey, we also offer training and leadership development programmes aimed at Black and Asian colleagues to help support their career progression.
We’re keen to support events and organisations that share our Inclusion for All ambitions.
In 2022, we were a proud partner of UK Black Pride, supporting its goal of empowerment, unity and visibility for LGBT+ people of African, Middle Eastern, Asian and Caribbean heritage. We’ve also been partners at UK Black Tech Fest and the Visionary Woman Global Convention and Expo. Alongside this, we’re excited to be working with our Vodafone Business Ambassador, former international Rugby League player Jason Robinson. Together, we aim to inspire players of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to get involved in the sport.