The good people at the Publishers Association have launched a initiative to tackle inclusivity within the industry. Publishing is far from the worst industry for this but the Publishers Association is determined that their members not rest on their laurels.
In the most recent survey 49% of senior leadership roles within publishing are held by women which doesn’t look too bad but at board level the number drops to 41%. Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees make up 13% of the publishing workforce versus 15% in society as a whole.
The Publishers Association want their members to have at least 50% of women at all senior levels and a 15% BAME workforce within five years.
President of the Publishers Association, Lis Tribe, said:
”The publishing industry has started to work in earnest on reaching out to a wider pool of entrants, and promoting our talented people once they are in. Being more inclusive is socially and morally the right thing to do, as well as making good business sense.
“However, whilst many individual publishers have made progress towards improving diversity within their own companies, tackling inclusivity is something which still needs to be addressed industry-wide.”
Some publishers seem to be well underway with their efforts, Penguin Random House have in recent days highlighted the broad range of initiatives they have on inclusivity including their WriteNow outreach and mentoring programme for unpublished authors from under-represented groups.