Channel 4’s 360° Diversity Charter, launched in January 2015, puts a commitment to diversity at the heart of everything we do at Channel 4, on and off screen, so that our organisation – what we do and who we are – truly reflects the diversity of Britain today.
Diversity that encompasses all underrepresented groups: BAME, LGBT, disability, gender, social mobility, those who live outside of London; and more.
A commitment to diversity at every level of our organisation on screen, off screen and including leadership we need to achieve our goal. Leadership is about people: about all the people who contribute to our content, not just those on screen.
Engaging the skills and experience of all our people – commissioners, writers, directors, HR managers, interns, casting agents, viewers, business managers, indie managers, on-screen talent, TV executives, lawyers, headhunters, careers advisers, marketing executives, PAs, data rights managers and production assistants. 360° also means at every stage of the people development process we want to offer as much support as we can, support that we can offer via those responsible for talent identification, recruitment, training, development, mentoring and more.
What we do
What we do is more important than what we say, and our 360° approach is designed to give others the chance to measure our actions. We fully embrace that our remit – enshrined in legislation – asks us “to appeal to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society”, and the results of our 2015 activities outlined in this report are a testament to this. Our remit also asks us to “challenge established views and promote alternative views and new perspectives”, meaning that diversity of thought and opinion is just as important as other aspects of diversity.
In our report you can read about our plans for 2016 and beyond. We set out a five-year plan at the beginning of 2015 and have made real progress. We will continue to build on that throughout 2016, raising our own ambitions for diversity and maintaining our role as leaders for the UK broadcast media industry. We have also nominated 2016 as our Year of Disability and that means we will be boosting efforts to improve access to the industry for disabled people. Although we will have a stronger focus on disability in 2016, our work to support all underrepresented groups will continue, undiminished with each subsequent year carrying a new theme. We will continue to work with the independent companies that supply our programmes to help them improve the diversity of their staff and their output.
We are accountable, measuring our progress throughout the year and reporting annually on the activities that we believe will make a real difference to diversity, not just within Channel 4, but in the wider industry. However, we understand that as an industry we are learning – we want to be open and honest about what’s working and what’s been less successful, continuing to evolve and improve. Find out here about our plans for 2016 and beyond, how we did in 2015 and what we’ve learnt along the way.