Southbank Centre aims to be a truly inclusive organisation - a place where everyone can see themselves. We’ve made some progress, but it is not enough. We are committed to doing better and we will hold ourselves accountable
We want our workforce, visitors, artists and the communities we serve to feel they belong here, and know they are valued and respected. This is vital - our purpose is to present great cultural experiences that bring people together - something we can only achieve if everyone feels welcome.
Given the renewed urgency of embracing anti-racism in all we do, we are currently in the process of reviewing our targets and action plans and will publish them soon.
By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs, we look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.
We need to be truly representative of society at all levels of our organisation and we acknowledge there is more work to be done. There is no quick fix, however we have a strategy to help us achieve our goals.
We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and D/deaf and disabled people, as they are currently under-represented across the sector as a whole and within our workforce as well as candidates from different socioeconomic groups. We seek to achieve gender equality.
We have a range of initiatives and programmes including apprenticeships; work experience programmes with local schools and charities; our volunteering programme; structured paid internships and work placements in conjunction with education partners; and targeted development programmes to support internal progression for staff. These include our Bring Out Potential programme, to help junior members of our front of house team develop business skills and Accelerate, specifically to propel D/deaf, disabled or BAME people into management roles.
We have always been committed to showcasing the originality and artistic vision of disabled artists. At the heart of this, is our Unlimited Festival, a biennial festival established in 2012 and created to support established, emerging and international disabled artists across all artforms. We recognise there is room for us to improve and we are committed to doing this with the help and involvement of disabled artists, staff and audiences.
Southbank Centre was named Overall Winner - Small Employer of the Year at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Awards 2017 in recognition of our efforts in building a truly representative workforce. Southbank Centre also won the award for most Representative Workforce, demonstrating the success of our diversity strategy.
In 2018, we were named one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the fourth year in a row. We have also been named in Business in the Community's (BITC) Best Employers for Race list. We also won two awards at BITC’s Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016 – the Engaging Women award and the Game Changer award.
We are proud supporters of the Ban the Box campaign which seeks to create fair opportunities for ex-offenders. We do not request information about unspent criminal convictions on our application forms, in order to remove a barrier which prevents ex-offenders from applying for roles.
We have pledged to tackle mental health stigma in the workplace through the Time to Change initiative. Our action plan includes mental health awareness training for employees and managers; a review of our policies on supporting mental health; wellbeing events; and social groups including our popular lunchtime knitting club.