The PR and communications industry is not diverse enough – we lack professionals from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background at every level in every area of the country. How can we tell stories to the public if we don’t truly represent them?
The PRCA Census 2018 revealed that while 86,000 people are working in the PR and communications industry, 78% of those (nearly 68,000) are white British, and 89% are white. No other ethnic grouping makes up more than 1% of the industry. these statistics are surprising considering a majority of the industry is based in London, which is around 60% white.
The PRCA’s charity of the year, the Taylor Bennett Foundation, is trying to improve diversity in our industry, making it a more viable option for BAME graduates and creating opportunities with its training and mentoring programmes. We are delighted that for our next webinar, Diversity in Comms, we will be joined by Foundation alumnus Kuldeep Mehmi, who will tell us his own story of encouraging diversity in the industry and what we can all do to improve it.
Kuldeep, a director at FTI Consulting, has been working with other alumni after his graduation from the Foundation to improve diversity for the benefit of all.
The webinar takes place on Wednesday 18 July at 11am (BST). Sign up here, to hear how Kuldeep has worked his way to the top and learn:
- How diverse our industry truly is and why diversity matters
- What the Taylor Bennett Foundation is doing to promote diversity and how you can help
- How we can change attitudes to improve the PR and comms industry
If you’d like to ask a question before the webinar, you can tweet us directly @Vuelio and we’ll get through as many as we can!