EVCOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We will offer free membership to agencies that are led by Black and POC individuals or teams, and to Black and POC freelancers until the end of 2022. Please email Amelia on amelia.brown@evcom.org.uk to take this offer up, or find out more.

From 2021 onwards, we have committed to holding at least two workshops/ talks a year for young diverse people – one for people who are interested in getting into the event industry, and one for people who are interested in getting into the corporate film industry. These workshops will be free to attend and we will partner with local schools and networks to ensure that we are able to engage as many young people as possible.

We will aim to hold our live events in venues that are entirely accessible. Where this is not possible, we will specify all access details on each event listing.

We will use image descriptions when posting images on Instagram to ensure that people who are visually impaired can still engage with our content.

At the request of attendees, we will commit to inviting a sign language interpreter to our annual EVCOMference so that people who are deaf or hard of hearing can make the most of the knowledge sharing forums that EVCOMference has to offer.

We will only work with venues and suppliers that have strong CSR credentials and that share a commitment to sustainable events.

We will commit to putting together a board that is representative of UK creative talent. This means we will actively work to find Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic board members and to ensure that men and women are equally represented. We will also look to include more representatives of minority groups, including disabled individuals and LGBTQIA+ individuals by 2023.

In 2020 we ran the FOCUS Award for the first time, which seeks to find and nurture 18-25 year old Black filmmakers and filmmakers of colour by offering them a chance to meet professionals from the corporate sector and receive mentoring. In 2021 we launched a similar award for the events sector and work to make sure both are reaching the audience who will benefit most from this scheme. In 2022 we added another branch to the FOCUS Award scheme, offering 15-18 year old Black filmmakers and filmmakers of colour work experience. Hamza (winner of the FOCUS Award 2020 and now employed by a mentoring company) says, With the FOCUS Award, EVCOM have set up an amazing opportunity for filmmakers to have their voice heard. Since being the recipient of last year’s FOCUS, many great opportunities have opened up for me as a direct result of the award.”

We have set up a dedicated area on our website for young people. It’s packed with resources as well as details of our Next Gen member offer, through which young people can get free tickets to events, resources and the opportunity to speak to industry professionals.

Since January 2022 we have been offering a one shadowing day a month with a member company, connecting them up with London-based sixth forms. Soner (one of the shadowees) says, “My experience with Pukka was fantastic. Everyone I met was helpful and inspiring. It was amazing to see all of the hard work that goes into creating the products we consume every day. I would love to work in Media production in the future. I was on set for 10 hours and it felt like 5 minutes. It was so enjoyable.”

As signatories of the Race At Work Charter, we will work to ensure that our workplace is both diverse and inclusive at all levels. This means we are committing to:

  • Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race
  • Capturing data and publicising progress
  • Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  • Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression

As members of the BVEP we will work with Diversity Ally to meet the industry benchmarks they have created specifically for the events sector.

We have developed our Code of Ethics for EVCOM Members to give it a renewed and active focus on Diversity and Inclusion. You can find our Code of Ethics here.

This commitment was put together in September 2020 in response to the Black Lives Matter and the unacceptable lack of diversity and inclusion in the sectors we represent. We will continue to add to and shape our commitments into the future. We are open to any and all feedback so please do get in touch with Amelia at coordinator@evcom.org.uk to offer any comments or suggestions.

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