The IPG is pleased to support the publishing industry’s efforts to promote diversity in all its forms. We are committed to inclusion and equality of employment, and to championing publishing that properly serves and represents the UK’s population.
We regularly cover issues of diversity in our events, blogs, podcasts and other channels. We are proud of the contributions made by many of our members to diversity in both output and employment, and celebrate their achievements each year by presenting a Diversity Award as part of our Independent Publishing Awards. With the Publishers Association, we have developed the Equality in Publishing (EQUIP) initiative. We support industry groups that promote equal employment opportunities, including Creative Access, an organisation that provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people from under-represented BAME backgrounds.
But as research has made clear, we know that publishing can and should do more. In June 2020 we launched a new Diversity and Inclusivity Action Group to champion progress and identify practical things we might do to encourage further change. Our Group is open to all, and we welcome suggestions for next steps. We wish to develop constructive plans for meaningful action, and would love to hear your views. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.