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Macmillan Tackles Diversity Problem Head on

Mon Jun 28 2021

NonProfit Macmillan has unveiled a new strategy to tackle its 'problem with diversity'

Macmillan Cancer Support have outlined a four-year plan of action to prioritise equity, diversity, and inclusion and to hold its workforce accountable for it.

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Macmillan, like the wider charity sector, has a problem with the diversity of its workforce, especially at a leadership level. Our priority here is to invest further in supporting people living with cancer from seldom-heard communities because we know they have a worse cancer experience

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive

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Lynda Thomas, the charity’s chief executive, laid out in a statement online that the charity will be evolving its internal culture and is working to remove ingrained internal bias from recruitment practices and will seek out underrepresented groups. By becoming more representative, the charity plans to invest in targeted leadership training and in the process, it will challenge the stereotypes and tropes that they may unknowingly perpetuate.

By considering all these aspects, the charity’s final focus of making services inclusive and accessible will hopefully follow.

It is hoped that by addressing and fixing these known issues, not just within Macmillan but the charity sector, then people seeking out the help of the charity will receive greater care in the long run due to proper representation.

In addition to this, Macmillan have also created a new governance panel to oversee strategy implementation and a Perspective Panel to act as a platform for the real voices in the organisation from a range of backgrounds so they can talk about their lived experience.

It’s a long road ahead to becoming a more inclusive company, but Thomas says they will overcome inevitable difficulties using Macmillan’s core values, heart, strength and ambition.

This is something all sectors could do to look within their organisation and ask, “are we being as inclusive as we can?”

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