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Sainsbury’s joins the Black British Network

It follows similar initiatives introduced by the supermarket chain over the last 12 months - with the group also training 1400 senior leaders and the Sainsbury’s board in ‘understanding and fluently talking about race and ethnicity’

Sainsbury’s has announced it is joining the Black British Network in a bid to improve the “representation and experiences” of its Black colleagues. 

The Black British Network was founded by campaigner Cephas Williams and was created to bring “lasting systemic change” for the Black community by working closely with UK businesses.

The move will see Sainsbury’s take part in several round-table discussions with other British businesses and Black colleagues, to evolve and understand best practice, improve inclusivity and representation, and translate learnings into “tangible solutions, behaviours and processes that can be implemented across every level of the business”.

It follows similar initiatives introduced by the supermarket chain over the last 12 months – with the group also training 1400 senior leaders and the Sainsbury’s board in “understanding and fluently talking about race and ethnicity”. 

In addition, the group has also committed to making sure all head office roles are advertised externally, “giving access to more Black talent”. 

Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “At Sainsbury’s, we share Cephas’ commitment to tackle racial injustice and inequality in our society and are proud to be part of his alliance.

“We all have a responsibility to help build an equal society, free from racial discrimination and there’s still a long way to go. An issue of this scale can’t be solved by us alone, but by working with the Black British Network, together, we can be a positive force for change.”

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