Black Talent action plan
ICAS’ Black Talent action plan has been created to identify and understand the barriers faced by Black Members so that action can be taken to improve experiences and outcomes.
The plan forms part of ICAS’ commitment as a signatory of the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions – a charter which was launched by Harry Matovu QC, Barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media, following the killing of George Floyd.
The Charter requires signatories to establish measurable data against which they can assess progress on improving equality of opportunity for Black Talent in their businesses, with clear action plans and ambitious targets.
Participating organisations are also required by the Charter to apply the same standard business techniques to the growth of Black Talent as they would apply to projects for revenue growth.
Through this action plan, ICAS is pledging to create an environment where Black CAs and CA Students can access support and guidance, develop to their full potential, and benefit from mentoring from other Black CAs. The plan details actions which are undertaken to evaluate the experiences of Black Members compared to other groups and report on outcomes and differences.
The plan also pledges to increase the Black Talent applying for roles and being shortlisted for interview within ICAS by creating an inclusive workplace culture, and by providing training for managers on recruitment and developing diverse teams.
In developing this plan, ICAS has considered advice from Black Members, including feedback from the Ethnically Diverse People survey which was carried out in 2020 and again in 2021, and by speaking directly to Members from a range of career stages and backgrounds about their experiences.
Download the Black Talent action plan
The adoption, promotion and embedding of a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion is a priority for ICAS. ICAS has formed an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee to take this priority forward, to support ICAS Members and to work towards creating a more inclusive profession. Read more on the EDI Committee.
To find out more about ICAS’ work on EDI, how we will support the Charter and meet the pledges made, please contact Ian Bettison, ICAS’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager.
To find out more about the Charter and to encourage your organisation to sign up visit: www.blacktalentcharter.com/thecharter