The BBC has posted that it continues to build “an increasingly diverse and inclusive organisation and output,” in the second progress report on its diversity commissioning code of practice released yesterday (29 September).
The code of practice, published in 2018, aims to standardise the broadcaster’s approach to “ingraining” diversity into commissioning processes and reporting framework across its various channels.
One of the projects supported by the policy, ‘BBC 50:50: the equality project’, seeks to monitor the BBC’s “equal representation of women and men.” This week’s report found that two thirds of datasets reached 50% women contributors during the “challenge month” in March 2020, a 9% increase on the previous year.
Following this “success,” the BBC said the project’s remit will be expanded to include targets for BAME workers (20%) and workers with disabilities (12%).
June Sarpong, BBC’s director of creative civersity, said: “We know what we want to achieve; creativity that thrives because of diversity of thought, delivers innovation, enhances performance and content that reaches the widest audience possible.
“The BBC’s Diversity Commissioning Code of Practice is a cornerstone of that process of progress and change.”
Miranda Wayland, BBC’s head of creative diversity, added: “We are incredibly proud of this year’s report which will further underpin both our £100m investment and the 20% off-screen diversity target for all new commissions coming into effect on 1 April 2021.
“We look forward to evidencing the Code’s impact on greater representation both on and off screen in next year’s report.”