Recommendations for developing a socio-economic strategy. Activities at each level are related, but distinguished by scale, detail or commitment.
Have visible role models from low socio-economic backgrounds; share stories of experiences and challenges to ensure visibility, unity and understanding within the organisation.
Co-create and develop with your employees, freelancers and artists a staff-centric model for inclusion and diversity to build a truly diverse and inclusive culture (see ‘Narrative’ and ‘Inclusion’ sections below).
The leader, if artist-led, or someone senior, with a respected and credible voice, must be appointed to drive socio-economic diversity and inclusion internally.
Make sure the Senior Management Team (SMT) and trustees, if you have them, regularly discusses socio-economic diversity, and how it intersects with more established issues such as gender or ethnicity.
Ensure your anti-discrimination policies make it clear they cover socio-economic background, and that senior team members and trustees are mindful of this.
Recommendations for optimising your approach. Activities at each level are related, but distinguished by scale, detail or commitment.
Appoint someone senior, with a strong external profile, to advocate your agenda for socio-economic diversity and inclusion externally.
Make one or more senior colleagues accountable to leadership for this agenda and let the rest of the team know who they are.
Over time, build up an internal community of colleagues, acting as mentors and buddies, with individual accountability, to drive socio-economic diversity internally.
Ensure there is:
- routine collaboration between staff members, freelancers and artists in delivering the strategy
- significant cross-over with other diversity focus areas, such as gender and ethnicity
- strong support for, and ownership of, the strategy throughout the organisation so that each team member understands their role
- an archive of knowledge exchanged and best practice that can be applied in a scalable way.
Encourage leaders to seek opportunities to share knowledge and insights with their peers in the sector, on an on-going basis (e.g. at conferences, webinars and so forth).