Race recruitment and retention - an instigation for change: action plan

Our race recruitment and retention action plan details the action we will take to deliver our vision to be a world-leading diverse employer where racial equality is achieved. The Plan’s anti-racist approach covers five priorities to redistribute power and foster cultural change.


The best way to begin tackling racism is to talk about it. For many, race is a difficult subject matter of conversation. It can be uncomfortable and sometimes highly sensitive, deeply emotional and can trigger strongly held beliefs about identity and fairness. 

There can be a well-meaning desire not say the ‘wrong’ thing, but without discussion and listening to each other we cannot make progress. We must normalise race as part of our workplace conversations, in a way which is safe and respectful. Doing so raises awareness, brings light to previous unspoken beliefs, builds empathy and creates a shared language to discuss racial equality and inclusion. 

Open and transparent communications are also critical for accountability, and the Plan includes actions to deliver regular updates around the actions senior leaders are taking and the impact it is having. 

"The importance of [the] widening out this conversation to all employees and normalising conversations/criticisms of how our processes and structures could be reinforcing inequality."

Focus Group Participant


Email: Diversityteam@gov.scot

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