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Action Aid UK found badly wanting in treatment of black and ethnic minority staff

A review at Action Aid UK has reported that some black and ethnic minority staff have suffered racism and feel “less valued [and] less supported” than their white colleagues. A staff survey and an independent audit found that (AAUK) were sometimes stereotyped and labelled as “aggressive” or “difficult” and that employees could feel “unheard, disrespected and excluded” when raising concerns. In addition black and ethnic minority staff were “systematically denied professional support”.


Responding to the findings Action Aid UK accepted that the review had identified “systemic problems” and that the organisation was “steadfast” in their goal of dealing with racism. Chief executive Frances Longley apologised to staff and pledged that the charity would adopt all the recommendations made.