Bloomsbury is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Board receives regular updates on strategic initiatives across the Group with a view to ensuring that the strategies in place and in development are supportive of a culture that upholds Bloomsbury’s principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Diversity is not simply a matter of regulatory compliance, or even social justice. It is also a business-performance imperative. Attracting talented people from all backgrounds enriches our business and the lives of our employees. It drives productivity, creativity and innovation. As such, it is integral to the delivery of our strategy, as is creating an environment in which all Bloomsbury employees feel a sense of belonging. We believe that diversity and inclusion go hand in hand.
Since launching our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DE&I”) Action Plan in May 2021, created in collaboration with staff, we have been driving tangible positive change across all areas of our business and contributing to wider industry discussions. We are determined to do the vital work needed to make publishing a more inclusive industry, both in terms of authors and employees. We know that diversity in our organisation leads to better culture and performance. A copy of the DE&I Action Plan can be found at https://www.bloomsbury.com/diversity-equity-inclusion.
We have a diverse workforce and management team led by a gender diverse Board. The majority of senior managers and employees worldwide in the Group are women. As at 28 February 2022, the number of employees by each gender is shown below.
In line with UK regulations, Bloomsbury has provided information on its Gender Pay Gap in the UK (see www.bloomsbury-ir.co.uk). We have benchmarked our Gender Pay Gap against the publishing industry and will continue to identify best practices to close the gap.
Currently in the UK, 13.4% of staff are from ethnic minority groups and in the US, the figure is 19.8%1.
One out of the seven Directors on Bloomsbury’s Plc Board is from a minority ethnic group, in line with the recommendations of the Parker Review.
During 2021/2022, the Company’s Global DE&I Steering Committee continued to support our DE&I Working Group and DE&I Project Managers, who foster a working environment that is welcoming and supportive of difference and individual well-being, while at the same time promoting an inclusive culture in which our workforce feels connected by a common purpose and shared values. The DE&I Working Group is supported by our Staff Networks.
Our Staff Networks complement the activities of the DE&I Working Group by providing valuable feedback and helping to set priorities for future action. They are the backbone of ensuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is woven into the workplace and that staff are represented at all levels. To date, 11 Networks and Employee Resource Groups have been established across our offices: Bloom, Pride (LGBTQ+); Mental Health and Well-being, Parents, Guardians and Carers and Disability in the UK, and BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, Women at Bloomsbury, Assistants at Bloomsbury and Socioeconomic Status in the US.
Initiatives of the Staff Networks include:
Actions we have taken to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within Bloomsbury include:
Our work during 2021/2022 to improve diversity and inclusion within Bloomsbury and the wider publishing industry has been recognised by two major industry awards. Bloomsbury was awarded the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2022 Inclusivity in Publishing Award, with judges praising the depth and scope of Bloomsbury’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Bloomsbury also won The Alison Morrison Diversity and Inclusivity Award at the 2022 Independent Publishing Awards, with the judges recognising Bloomsbury’s efforts to diversify across our lists, plus inhouse initiatives on allyship and mental health. The judges also praised Bloomsbury’s partnerships with organisations such as Creative Access and the Black Writers’ Guild.
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