22nd April 2021

CTSI signs Race at Work Charter

CTSI has committed to take action to promote equality within the trading standards profession.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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I’m very proud that CTSI has joined the other signatories to the BITC Race at Work Charter today

CTSI has today signed up to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. The Charter sets out five calls to action to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels in an organisation.

CTSI has committed to:

  • appoint an Executive Sponsor for race;
  • capture ethnicity data and publicise progress;
  • commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying;
  • make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers;
  • take action that supports ethnic minority career progression.

“Signing the Charter enshrines our commitment to anti-racism in the workplace and profession,” CTSI said in a statement. “The verdict from the trial concerning the death of George Floyd further compels the need for change.”

The signing of the Charter coincides with Stephen Lawrence Day, an annual event to mark the life and legacy of the murdered Black teenager.

Tendy Lindsay, Chair of the CTSI Race and Equalities Working Group, said: “It is an honour that CTSI have today signed up to the Race at Work Charter to mark Stephen Lawrence Day.

“I look forward to working with the our new CEO and the Race and Equalities Working Group to implement the five Charter principles.”

CTSI’s new Chief Executive, John Herriman, commented: “It’s so important to commit to being anti-racist as an organisation and I’m very proud that CTSI has joined the other signatories to the BITC Race at Work Charter today, and so early on in my tenure. I look forward to implementing the five Charter principles.”

BITC is a business-led membership organisation dedicated to fostering responsible business practices. It was set up 40 years ago by the Prince of Wales.