Diversity and inclusivity

 

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 Awards.

We run a Diversity and Inclusivity 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 industry.

Organisations that do valuable work to encourage diversity in publishing include:

Creative Access, an organisation that provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people from under-represented BAME backgrounds. Details of its latest 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 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 these resources here.

BAME in Publishing, a group for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds working in UK publishing.

Everybody In, a charter led by Inclusive Minds and industry groups to improve diversity in children’s books.

Publishing Training Centre, which provides training on numerous aspects of publishing including HR and people management.

The Spare Room Project, a cross-industry initiative that provides interns and people seeking work experience or interviews in London with accommodation from publishing professionals.

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.

 

 

Resources

Reflecting Realities report

Posted on 11/16/2020
News from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

LGBT Inclusivity at Work

Posted on 11/10/2020
How to access the information shared by Stonewall at the IPG's Virtual Autumn Conference 2020

Five steps to diverse recruitment

Posted on 10/28/2020
Advice on what publishers can do to reduce unconscious bias and create a more inclusive industry

Diversifying content in education

Posted on 8/20/2020
Eela Devani discusses the need for more variety in educational content and formats