Equality & Diversity
Who we are and what we do
The Equality and Diversity Work Group offers a safe space that advocates for equality and opportunity for all of our members regardless of age, cultural background, class, socio-economic status, disability, ethnicity, religion, caring responsibilities, gender or sexual orientation. We view having a diverse membership as a highly important part of our industry. We are also aware that the industry has quite a lot of catching up to do in this regard. It is from this particular notion that we want to make sure there are more opportunities available for everyone, and to support under-represented members whilst eradicating bias and discrimination.
The Equality and Diversity Work Group is made up of volunteers from the BECTU Art Department branch Committee, and includes members from art, graphics & set dec departments, working across film, TV & commercials. (This includes: art directors, assistant art directors & draughtspersons; graphic designers; production buyers, assistant buyers & petty cash buyers; set decorators & set dec assistants.)
What we aim to achieve
We aim to increase awareness, campaign for improved policies and better practices, and share accessible and inclusive resources that respect the needs of each art department member, not leaving anyone behind.
We are committed to fighting for equality and inclusion not only in the Art Department but across the industry. We recognize that change can sometimes be slow, but we are pushing for these changes to take effect in our working lifetime. The Equality and Diversity Work Group are currently engaged in campaigns, the key one at present being the “New Deal”, and we actively share resources and compile surveys to gather data and your thoughts to identify how the industry needs to change.
We are fighting for:
Gender pay equality
Transparent and accountable hiring practices
Diversity monitoring and BAME inclusion
HR for Freelancers
‘Return to work’ provision
Protection from discrimination
Better entry-level pay
Continuing Professional Development programmes
Maternity pay & parental leave
Crêche and childcare facilities
Supporting pregnant workers
Anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-bullying training
Reporting sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination
These are topics we are discussing within our Work Group. Your voice and contribution are always welcome. We are keen to hear your thoughts, whether you are a member or not, so we are able to best represent your interests in discussions, campaigns and initiatives.
Ways we can achieve our goals
This Committee year, we will be looking into partnering with organisations, groups and schemes that are committed to an inclusive industry. We will create campaigns to raise awareness and increase accountability, and we will compile and share supportive resources.
Complete our anonymous survey to help us monitor the level of Equality and Diversity within Art Department in our industry.
A selection of useful resources, support and opportunities relating to Equality and Diversity.
Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.
Diversity in the work place, focuses on the makeup of your workforce — demographics such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, just to name a few.
Inclusion is a measure of culture that enables diversity to thrive.