The IPG supports and
promotes diversity in publishing 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 by presenting the
Alison Morrison Diversity Award as part of our annual Independent Publishing
We run a Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion Action Group that champions progress and identifies practical
things we might all do to encourage further change. Our Group is open to all
members, and we welcome suggestions for new resources and services to support
independent publishers’ work. We are developing constructive plans for
meaningful action, and would love to hear all views. Please get in touch if you would
like to get involved in our Group.
We support industry
groups that promote equal employment opportunities and better access to our
Organisations that do valuable work to encourage diversity in
Creative Access, an organisation that provides opportunities
for paid internships in the creative industries for young people from
under-represented BAME backgrounds. Details of the latest Creative Access vacancies are here. Creative Access also manages the Mo Siewcharran Fund, which offers grants to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in the Arts; details of the Mo Siewcharran Fund are here.
The Book Trade Charity, which helps people from underrepresented backgrounds and outside
London to begin their publishing careers by providing financial help with interview and internship costs. There is more
information about the Book Trade Charity resources here.
Everybody In is a charter led by Inclusive Minds and industry groups to improve diversity in children’s books.
provides training on numerous aspects of publishing including HR and people
The Spare Room Project, a cross-industry initiative that provides interns and people seeking
work experience or interviews in London with accommodation from publishing
Proud Employers, a jobs website managed by Stonewall that caters exclusively for LGBT people and their allies and helps candidates find roles in organisations that are committed to diversity and inclusion.
The Inclusive Media website has some useful resources for those working across the spectrum of the creative industries. Of particular relevance to publishers is the Best Practice Guidance.