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Leap's commitment to combatting racism

Ben Kernighan, Chief Executive
Thursday 18th June 2020

Leap's board and senior management team met recently to reflect and take action in relation to addressing racism.

We support the Black Lives Matter Movement. We stand with our colleagues and the black community in calling for greater racial equality in Britain.

We know that a statement declaring our solidarity with the global anti-racism movement is not enough.

We need to urgently address racism within our own organisation too. Our shared ambition is to be excellent in terms of anti-racism, and we know that we have a long way to go to deliver lasting positive change.

We have taken some new actions and have started to put longer term plans in place.

We have appointed our trustee, Peter Olawaye, as Vice Chair. Peter is also the Chair of Leap's Diversity, Inclusion and Co-Production Committee. This will help to ensure monitoring progress on the committee's recommendations and their implementation will be a regular board level commitment.

We are expanding our programme of training and learning for all staff and trustees.
We are reviewing our recruitment processes.
We are spending time with staff to consider what an anti-racist culture looks and feels like.
We are exploring how Leap can use its conflict expertise in holding difficult conversations to help other organisations address racism. 

Our conversations with staff have shown us that we have so much to do. In addition to these commitments, we will continue to listen to our black colleagues and the black community to better understand their experiences of racism within Leap and in their broader lives. We will continue to educate ourselves, challenge ourselves and each other, and we will ensure that we maintain momentum and focus in the battle to dismantle racism.

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