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Last year, we released our anti-racism statement outlining Tearfund’s commitment to being an actively anti-racist organisation. In that statement, we shared some of the plans we had to ensure that Tearfund is a place where everyone feels that they belong and that our work around the world is inclusive, making sure we reach those in greatest need. 

We made ten key commitments, and below we provide an update on each one. We want to share the progress we have made so far, and our plans for the future, to ensure that we continue to uphold anti-racist practices in our work. 

Diverse recruitment and accountability structures 


We said

We commit to doing more to recruit more diversely into senior leadership roles, as well as creating accountability structures to ensure we achieve this.

What we did

We will

Recognising and addressing how colonialism contributes to inequality


We said

There is a legacy of colonialism that has contributed to inequality in many of the countries in which we work. This has tainted the experiences of people who live, or have their roots in, these places. We have not been as diligent as we should have been in recognising this, or in understanding what it means for those who work for us, the people we serve and the way in which we do our work.

What we did


We will

 Creating an inclusive workplace


We said

Even though we believe that every human being is made in the image of God, we have failed to live this out by creating a workplace where all can feel included.

What we did


We will

Understanding how our theology has failed to call out racial injustice 


We said

We are committed to learning from the mistakes of the past, and will look at how our approaches and theology have contributed to racial injustice.

What we did

Note: Just as we will continue to consider how we can strategically address the impact of colonialism on the communities we serve, we will also consider how our theology has been impacted by colonisation and how it may have skewed our theological perceptions.

Decolonising our theology will look like ensuring that there are diverse theological voices that expand and enrich our understanding of God and subsequently God’s mission to transform the world according to what is revealed to us in the Scriptures. Part of this includes recognising that the systems that perpetuate inequality in society can influence what racism looks like within the church. 

We will

Continue to ensure we include an ethnically diverse range of global theological voices and expertise to input into our theology.

Intentionally recruit more diversity to our Board and Executive Team


We said

We are actively seeking ways to recruit more diversity to our Board of Trustee Directors and Executive Team.

What we did

We will 

Introduce reverse mentoring at executive level


We said

We will use reverse mentoring at the executive level as a way to build genuine awareness of barriers faced, initially by those from Black backgrounds.

What we did

We will

Understanding and addressing bias in the workplace


We said

We will have an unconscious bias training session in autumn 2020, which will be compulsory for all staff to complete on an annual basis.

What we did

We were unable to make this course available by our target date. Once this is launched, it will complement other learning and initiatives to raise awareness of power, privilege and inclusion.

We will

External reporting on race and ethnicity 


We said

We are examining our internal processes to develop ways to determine how we can become more transparent about race and ethnicity in our external reporting, including in our Annual Report.

What we did


We will

Formalise our external reporting on race and ethnicity and share the progress of our anti-racism action plan in our Annual Report. 

Improving recruitment processes 


We said

We are improving our recruitment processes to provide a more accurate and detailed picture of our diversity.

What we did 


We will

Continue to encourage global recruitment for roles that are not required to be based in the UK.

Reporting progress on our anti-racism work

We said

We will pay more attention to reporting on what we are doing to embed anti-racist practices into the work that we do.

What we did 

Provided this update to our staff across the world and shared it with our supporters, partners and staff.

We will

Continue to provide updates on our progress at least once a year. 

Collaboration with Black Majority Churches

We recently launched The Well, which seeks to gather together Black Majority Churches to bring an end to extreme poverty.

The Well is a new initiative created in partnership with Tearfund, by and for Black Majority Churches. We believe that powerful things can happen when we come together as one in the body of Christ. 

Our vision for The Well is to align, engage and collaborate with Black Majority Churches and communities throughout the UK in a unified, hope-filled response to issues of global poverty, injustice and inequality.

This is an exciting opportunity for us at Tearfund to learn, grow and change. 

What’s next?

The progress of the anti-racism action plan will continue to be monitored by our CEO, Nigel Harris, and our Director of People and Talent, Karen Brown, and by the Board through its Diversity and Inclusion Committee

What can you do?

You can visit our diversity and inclusion hub to find out more and access our anti-racism resources. 
 

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