Our Inclusivity Action Plan sets out ten ways that you can improve and advocate for diversity and inclusion in publishing.
The publishing industry has a long way to go before it truly reflects the UK population but our roadmap for change is a good start. Here we have mapped out the steps that you can take as an employer to make your organisation more inclusive.
Members are encouraged to engage with the action plan by publicly endorsing its core tenets, undertaking the suggested actions or pledging to achieve the 5-year targets. If you are looking for ideas or would like to know what other publishers are already doing, visit our best practice page. We celebrate all our members and their inclusivity work, however big or small.
We hope that through sustained industrywide action, we can achieve change at an unprecedented pace.
Actions for Inclusivity
- Develop an inclusivity policy, which is embedded throughout the organisation and which has strong leadership commitment
- Undertake an internal workforce audit and providing the PA with the data on an annual basis so that industry-wide statistics can be published
- Ensure all staff involved with hiring attend unconscious bias training
- Nominate an inclusivity champion on your board or management committee who can monitor action on equality
- Provide opportunities for flexible or agile working
- Analyse job descriptions, recruitment strategies and interview practices for hidden biases
- Develop a mentoring scheme that supports new staff or those at transitional career stages who are from traditionally underrepresented group
- Ensure there is a balanced speaker panel for any events you are running or speaking on
- Consider hiring a Publishing Assistant apprentice or a Creative Access Intern
- Become a publishing ambassador, as well as encouraging colleagues to give a careers talk to a local school or university
Statement from Lis Tribe (Past President and Group Managing Director of Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK)
"The publishing industry has started to work in earnest on reaching out to a wider pool of entrants, and promoting our talented people once they are in. Being more inclusive is socially and morally the right thing to do, as well as making good business sense.
"However, whilst many individual publishers have made progress towards improving diversity within their own companies, tackling inclusivity is something which still needs to be addressed industry-wide. I am delighted therefore that PA members recognise the importance of this agenda, and have asked the PA to support our individual efforts with an action plan including an annual industry survey and published benchmarks.
"I know the PA will do everything possible to support all its members in their efforts to respond to these issues. Publishing workforce data is a first step but there is a lot more that we should be doing and we’re hoping that the whole book industry joins in this endeavour."