Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Standing up for respect and equality

The Film and TV Charity is committed to improving diversity, equality, and inclusion in the film and TV industry – making the industry a happier and fairer place for all.

In 2020 we formally adopted a new charitable object “to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion…by reducing, preventing, and discouraging discrimination and the resulting barriers in the film, television, or moving image industry.”

Not everyone in our industry starts in the same position – with equivalent advantages, resources, or opportunities. There are all sorts of barriers tied up with background and identity that have nothing to with talent and skill.

These can have an impact on career progress, and even someone’s ability to stay in the industry. And there can be significant impacts on wellbeing.

We help to improve wellbeing in two complementary ways:

1. With the support we provide to individuals, and
2. By making change across the industry that improves the working lives of our beneficiaries.

 

Anti-racism Action

The murder of George Floyd and the ensuing conversations among people of colour working in the industry made it clear that there was an urgent need to prioritise our anti-racism efforts.

In 2021, we were joined on secondment by Sasha Salmon, an expert in anti-racism work with an extensive background in Government and civil society. Salmon heard the testimony of more than 50 people of colour in the industry to inform her ‘Thinkpiece on Anti-Racism in the UK Film and TV Industry’ published in September 2021. She also worked with Dr Clive Nwonka and Professor Sarita Malik who wrote their report, ‘Racial Diversity Initiatives in UK Film and TV’. Both pieces of work can be viewed below.

In May 2021, inspired by Salmon’s work, we made three new commitments:

  1. Ringfencing 30% of our future grants budgets for Black, Asian and minority ethnic beneficiaries to ensure fair access to our funding.
  2. A commitment to invest £1 million of the charity’s own resources in a new programme to support under-funded community leaders and groups working to tackle racism in the industry. This now has a working title of the ‘Impact Partnerships Programme’.
  3. New targets to increase representation of people identifying as Black, Asian or minority ethnic on the charity’s Board of Trustees and across the team.

We will update this page to report progress against each of these three commitments:

 

1. Ringfencing

In May 2021 we announced that we would, going forwards, ring-fence 30% of our grants spend for Black, Asian and minority ethnic beneficiaries.

In December 2021 it was announced that we will also now ringfence 15% for disabled beneficiaries, and will review whether to ringfence for other groups in future.

We have now completed the first year of the ringfence for 2021/22 and will be releasing the outcomes report in Summer 2022.

 

2. Impact Partnership Programme

We’ve committed to investing £1m over three years through our Impact Partnership Programme, which will support the growth and sustainability of community-led organisations providing support for colleagues of colour.

We believe that the expertise and insights needed to drive anti-racism exist within communities of colour and so the best response is to back them.

We are currently engaging with a range of community organisations to scope the Impact Partnership Programme and will share more detail by Autumn 2022. For more information please contact [email protected]

 

3. Diversity Targets

We have set diversity targets for the Trustees and staff of the charity as follows:

UK population (ONS 2011 Census) Industry benchmark (ScreenSkills Annual Assessment 2019) Film and TV Charity End 2022 Target Film and TV Charity End 2024 Target Film and TV Charity End 2030 Target
Black, Asian and minority ethnic 14% 10% 30% Trustees 13% Staff (including at least 2 staff in a senior position) 30% Trustees 20% Staff (including at least 3 staff in a senior position) At least 30%  Trustees and Staff
Disabled 16% 10% 15% Trustees 15% Trustees and Staff (including at least 2 in a senior position) Continuing
LGBTQ+ 7% 12% 15% Trustees and Staff (including at least 2 in a senior position) Continuing
Out of London 86% 51% 25% Trustees and Staff Continuing

 

Notes on the targets:

• Senior staff are defined as those at Head level or above.

• The Charity is based in London and the industry remains disproportionately within London, but we serve the whole of the UK, and our targets are reflective of this situation. Our Black, Asian and minority ethnic targets are positioned between the 2011 Census national data which showed 14% of the UK population were Black, Asian or minority ethnic, and the 2011 Census figure for London which showed that this figure rose to 40% of the population in London – and allowing for anticipated growth of both figures in the ongoing 2021 Census.

• Comparing the data in the Policy and Evidence Centre’s recent report into class in the creative industries our organisation significantly over-indexes for staff from a privileged background (76% versus 51% for the industry and 37% for the UK economy), and under-indexes for those from a working class background (10% versus 16% for the industry versus 29% for the economy as a whole). We recognise that class is an important dimension which intersects with other dimensions of diversity and will strive to improve our class profile as we also strive to improve on all other dimensions.

• Beyond this we note the need to work towards a gender balance of the Charity’s staff which currently significantly over-indexes for women (while the UK population is 51% female and the industry 38% female, 62% of the current Charity staff identifies as female). We will therefore seek to rebalance the gender profile of the Charity by 2024.

We will report on progress against the 2022 targets in early 2023.

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Reports to ignite a dialogue

Think Piece on Anti-Racism in the UK Film & TV Industry

Sasha Salmon conducted extensive interviews with a wide variety of people working in film and TV to compile an in-depth picture of the lived experience of racism in this publication.

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Survey on racial diversity initiatives

Experts Dr Clive Nwonka and Professor Sarita Malik produced a report examining the major racial diversity initiatives in the screen industries over the past few decades. Their report draws out key lessons and provided a set of recommendations.

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