British LGBT Awards name ITV as an ‘Inclusive Employer’

ITV named a Top 10 Inclusive Employer by the British LGBT Awards.

“We are delighted that ITV has been recognised in this way. We launched our Diversity Acceleration Plan last year and are committed to accelerating change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from underrepresented groups.

“We are incredibly proud of our Pride Network, who as well as championing and supporting our LGBT+ colleagues have been instrumental in supporting the growth of our other employee networks and contributing to the creation of a truly inclusive culture for all at ITV.” – Ade Rawcliffe, ITV’s Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

ITV has been named one of the top 10 most inclusive employers by the British LGBT Awards, marking the plc’s first year on the shortlist.

The gongs were created to showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT+ community.

In its entry ITV pointed to how in 2020, it appointed a dedicated Diversity Director on its Board, setting the tone of inclusion at ITV.

The ITV Pride Network, established in 2012, was ITV’s first colleague network and it has supported the launch and growth of ITV’s other colleague networks, The Women’s Network, ITV Balance, ITV Embrace and ITV Able.

The Pride Network has also been instrumental in working with the business to ensure ITV has inclusive LGBT+ policies, such as a Transitioning at Work policy, instigated the ‘Mx’ prefix on the ITV Hub signup form and supporting ITV’s attendance at Pride events, and this year through its Diversity Acceleration Plan, ITV has introduced a range of training for staff.

This includes: mandatory race and inclusion training for all staff and on-screen presenters and commentators, inclusive leadership training for all managers and Race Forward development programme which enables minority ethnic talent progression and inclusive culture change.

This year ITV has thrown its whole-hearted support behind ITV Pride Day, now an annual fixture in the calendar, supporting LGBT+ employees, talent and viewers.

“We’re delighted ITV has been recognised for championing all of our LGBT+ colleagues and viewers at home. The ITV Pride Network, made up of members from around the world, is thriving thanks to ITV’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. Never before have we had a stronger voice, or have we been so well supported. We’re incredibly proud to be More Than TV.” – Oliver Julian, Stephen Smyth, Joanna Lewis, co-chairs of ITV Pride

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