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Tower Hamlets Anti-Racist Pledge

This Anti-Racist Pledge aims to send a clear and consistent message that racism will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets.

The Tower Hamlets Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission concluded that racism still exists within institutions and structures in the borough, and challenges institutions who sign this pledge to achieve race equality in their organisation at pace.

Organisations will work together to make radical changes that close inequality gaps by advancing opportunities and ensuring the experience of racism within structures and institutions is eradicated.

Your commitment

Organisations who sign up to the pledge will commit to an ambitious set of shared principles and actions. Committing to be an anti-racist organisation is a commitment to:

  • not tolerating racist behaviour and calling acts out as racist
  • training employees on what being anti-racist means
  • address racial inequality and improve opportunity and access to services and employment.

It complements the ambitions of the borough’s No Place for Hate Pledge and signifies a commitment to challenging all forms of discrimination wherever it may exist in the borough.

Our diverse history and culture

Tower Hamlets has always been a borough committed to creating a cohesive, fair and inclusive community.

For many years new communities have settled in Tower Hamlets, because of the opportunities to trade, do business and raise their families, creating a vibrant and diverse borough.

One of the borough’s biggest strengths is its proud history of fighting racism and fascism and its continued commitment to diversity.

With over 137 languages spoken and 43 per cent of residents born in over 200 different countries, Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse places in the country.

We recognise that achieving the bold vision set out by the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Inequalities Commission will require shared action, ownership, and resources from the borough’s statutory, voluntary, community and private sector organisations.

We encourage all organisations in the borough to sign up this pledge and work with us to eradicate racism in the borough.

Organisations who sign up to this pledge will work to support and deliver the commitments set out in the Tower Hamlets Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Commission’s recommendations.

They will engage with the Tower Hamlets Race Equality Network and support them to monitor the delivery of the Commission’s recommendations, influence policy and decision making and facilitate a safe place for ongoing conversations about race equality in Tower Hamlets.

How to sign up to the pledge

You can complete an online form and your submission will be published.

Alternatively, you can download a paper copy of the form and please return it to raceinequalities@towerhamlets.gov.uk

We accept that your response will need to be proportionate to the size and resources of your organisation. However, we ask you to review your organisation and set challenging, ambitious and measured targets to ensure every effort is made to improve outcomes for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Please ensure your commitments are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based.