Diversity

We are committed to championing diversity on screen and throughout our business. We know that we will be better placed for success as a business if we have a balanced and diverse workforce that includes the most talented people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, and our content is representative of our 21 million customers across Europe.


Diversity in our business

We champion diversity and provide a culture of opportunity for all. We are shining a spotlight on our work to improve gender diversity, through our focus on women in leadership, because we believe this will help drive the diversity agenda throughout our business. We want to improve our gender balance, building on our strong foundation of 35 per cent female employees across the Group.

Our commitments include the development and support of our executive pipeline through our Women in Leadership initiative, initially focusing in the UK and Ireland. Here one third of our top 400 employees are women and we have an objective of achieving a 50/50 gender balance over time. We are committed to balanced shortlists for senior roles to ensure we attract the best talent and we are focusing on the professional development of our female senior managers through networking events, training and mentoring. We outline more about our approach here. We have committed to improving the gender diversity of our Board and, of the executive directors we’ve appointed over the past three years, 40% are women.

We are continuing to work to improve the diversity in our business more broadly, ensuring vacancies at Sky reach diverse audiences and raising awareness of unconscious bias that can happen during the recruitment process. We have increased engagement with our staff on diversity, profiling the stories of our people, and showing how diverse talent helps our organisation succeed. We continue to support a number of networks supporting women, working parents, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues.

Through initiatives like our Sky News internships and MAMA Youth partnership, we are helping to broaden access to work opportunities for disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and economically disadvantaged people.

Diversity on screen

We are working to ensure on-screen talent better reflects the diversity of all our customers, and are playing a leading role in making the industry more accessible to talented people from all backgrounds. We were the first broadcaster to set out a bold set of targets for on-screen diversity representation in August 2014. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent have lead roles in programmes such as House of Lies  on Sky Atlantic and Lenny Henry's Got the Blues  on Sky Arts. While we are making progress against our targets, we recognise there is more to do to address BAME representation in the industry both in front of and behind the camera.

Sky News was one of the first broadcasters to sign up to the Creative Diversity Network’s campaign to improve the gender imbalance among media contributors, and over the past year, we’ve maintained women commentators at just over 36%. We are also working to improve Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) voices on air.

We’re improving the representation of women’s sport year on year, and we broadcasted the Women’s Rugby World Cup final and the Women’s Ashes for the first time this year.

In the UK and Ireland, we work with a number of organisations to increase diversity in the TV industry, including Stonewall, the Creative Diversity Network and Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI). We ask all independent production partners to commit to signing up to the Creative Diversity Network Diversity Pledge, and support them to do so. 

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