Occasionally an act of racial violence is turned on its head to become the catalyst of positive change. The cruel murder of George Floyd one year ago inspired ripples of progress towards tolerance and inclusivity which extended around the world. Here in London’s insurance market, 4,000 miles away, companies which had not yet addressed the challenges of inclusion were spurred into action. Others that had taken initial steps, like my firm Brit, were prompted by the incident to redouble their efforts.
Introduction: Anti-racism protests have erupted around the world, demanding change. In response, many corporations have expressed their solidarity, and their discontent with continuing racial injustices. Most recognise the heightened trauma which their black employees face during this time of genuine strife. For the first time, some have acknowledged the impact that the complexities of racial prejudice have on individuals’ day-to-day working lives. Executives want to know what to do next.