NEWS14 July 2020

Three companies sign MRS CEO pledge

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UK – Research firms The Nursery, Clearview and Mesh have signed the Market Research Society’s CEO Pledge.

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The pledge makes five commitments to increasing diversity and safety in the workplace as part of MRS’s Manifesto for Opportunity.

Among the five commitments are to publish salary statistics annually and to pursue pay parity, and to work towards ensuring staff are reflective of the diversity of the UK population.

Other commitments in the pledge include working towards meeting government targets on inclusion of women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people at board and executive level, and to make recruitment more representative.

The final commitment is to create safe workplaces, such as by supporting whistleblowing and good mental health.

Jane Frost, chief executive of MRS, said: “I am proud to welcome these new companies to our Manifesto for Opportunity. By making this commitment, they have shown that the only barriers to progress in their organisations should be personal choice and professional competence.

“If we are to provide a window on the world for clients, stakeholders and decision makers, we must accurately represent that world. For BAME communities in particular, we need to drastically improve their representation at all levels of employment and make sure their voices are heard, if we are to truly help clients and policy makers make decisions based on the best quality evidence.”