Collectively the publishing industry recognises that it needs to do more to address diversity and inclusion.
In 2017, we launched an industry-wide 10-point action plan to tackle inclusivity and ensure that publishing better reflects the UK population. As part of this plan, the PA has committed to undertaking an annual industry-wide survey of the workforce demographics of UK publishing houses, in order to obtain a true reflection of the diversity within the industry.
Our initial survey found that women account for 49% of senior leadership roles but only represent 41% at executive board level. The results also revealed that Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees only make up 13% of the publishing workforce. We subsequently set two targets for the industry: to achieve at least 50% of women in both senior leadership positions and executive-level roles; and an overall workforce that is at least 15% Black, Asian and ethnic minority employees.
We have engaged diversity and inclusion specialists, EA Inclusion, to again deliver this project. EA Inclusion is an established leader within the diversity and inclusion field and was selected from a shortlist of industry-leading organisations based on their experience and expertise.