'Unconscious Bias Training' Must End, Concludes Landmark Racism Report

The Race Commission today recommends organisations and firms pull the plug 

  • It said the 'intense soul-searching' of some employers amounts to 'tick-boxing'

  • Instead it recommends funding be diverted to developing core skills of staff 

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    Unconscious bias training should be scrapped for employees and replaced with more effective practices, urges a landmark review into racial inequality. 

    The Race Commission today recommends organisations and firms pull the plug on such sessions because they do not tackle disparities in the workplace.

    It said the 'intense soul-searching' of some employers in the wake of last year's Black Lives Matter protests has amounted to 'tick-box exercises' that don't get results.  

    Instead it recommends funding be diverted to developing core skills that could benefit disadvantaged employees.

    Whitehall departments have already phased out unconscious bias training following research last year that found it did not help stamp out workplace prejudices. 

    But many taxpayer-funded bodies such as the Met Police, the NHS and the BBC are still believed to implement unconscious bias training for staff. 

    Private firms also lay on sessions, and earlier this year the chairman of KPMG resigned after upsetting staff by branding unconscious bias 'complete c**p'.

    The wide-ranging report also warns that a narrative that rails against white privilege could backfire. 

    Unconscious bias training should be scrapped for employees because it's useless, urges a landmark review into racial inequality

    Unconscious bias training should be scrapped for employees because it's useless, urges a landmark review into racial inequality

    The Race Commission (chair Dr Tony Sewell pictured) today recommends organisations and firms pull the plug on such sessions because they do not tackle disparities in the workplace

    The Race Commission (chair Dr Tony Sewell pictured) today recommends organisations and firms pull the plug on such sessions because they do not tackle disparities in the workplace

    Today's report, which makes 24 recommendations to Government, says: 'The Commission calls on organisations to now move away from funding unconscious bias training. 

    'The existing training should be replaced with new interventions that when implemented, can be measured or evaluated for their efficacy, such as the use of sponsorship to ensure wider exposure of ethnic minority individuals to their peers, managers and other decision makers.

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