Published 30 April 2024

West Dunbartonshire Council has reaffirmed its commitment to equality within the workplace by signing the Race at Work Charter.

The Charter, which tackles inequalities against Black, Asian, Mixed Raced and other ethnically diverse employees in the workplace, was launched in 2018.

The Council joins other public and private organisations in this commitment to create an inclusive and equal West Dunbartonshire.

Work has begun to achieve the seven actions required by the charter, which include appointing an Executive Sponsor for Race, capturing data and publicising progress, ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying, making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers, taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression, supporting race inclusion allies in the workplace and including Black, Asian, Mixed Race and other ethnically diverse-led enterprise owners in supply chains.

Executive Sponsor, Councillor Gurpreet Johal, said “Signing the Race at Work Charter shows our commitment to diversity and inclusion in West Dunbartonshire Council. We want to continue to better ourselves by creating an environment where everyone feels valued and empowered, driving positive change and serving our community. We want our Council to reflect the diverse world we live in today and ensure our workplace is a welcoming space for all.”

Executive Sponsor, Councillor Clare Steel, added “This is an important step toward race equality in the workplace. This is something that the Council has been working on and confirms its continuous commitment to our journey to creating a more inclusive society. We’re proud to be part of this Charter and the benefits that it will have at West Dunbartonshire Council.”