Diversity Benchmark

What is the Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark?
The Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark measures age, gender and race workplace diversity. The benchmark is a management tool to help organisations evaluate their performance, including peer comparisons, and inform evidence-based decision-making around workplace diversity. 

Participants benefit from: bespoke feedback and recommendations that support with practical steps for improving performance; identification of strengths and weaknesses by peer comparison; and a confidential score and banding (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze) that reflect performance.

The Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark
Have you decided when to participate? 
There is no submission deadline. Instead, participants have the flexibility to benchmark whenever best suits their internal processes, resource capacities and reporting cycles. This process gives participants the best of both worlds – the flexibility to complete the benchmark when it suits them, and ongoing access to the most current version of their peer group benchmark data.  

  


How does it work? 
The benchmark consists of two distinct surveys: Part 1: Workplace Data and Part 2: Policies and Practices.  Part 1 interrogates the ‘what’; Part 2 interrogates the ‘how’. Together, they are the complete benchmark – a comprehensive picture that provides an invaluable gap analysis tool for any employer. 

Part 1: Workplace Data asks for quantitative information about your workforce, and is available for age, gender and/or race.  

Part 2: Policies and Practices asks about policies, procedures, and processes your organisation is using to make your workplace better for all employees.  It is available for gender and/or race. 

Organisations can choose to benchmark in Part 1 only for age, gender and/or race, or to participate in the complete benchmark (Part 1 and Part 2) for gender and/or race. 
 
What do benchmark participants receive? 
Part 1 participants receive a data report and score.  The data report benchmarks your score and data against sector peers, public and private sector participants, and all benchmark participants. 

Complete benchmark participants (Part 1 and Part 2) receive: A data report and score (as for Part 1), a written feedback report with expert recommendations, a performance banding, and an action planning meeting with a diversity expert.  Participants receive a digital planter and printed certificate to communicate their banding.  

Organisations that are core members of the gender and race campaigns can select two further areas for expert feedback per strand (in addition to the main written feedback report). Champion members can select up to five additional areas per strand.  

When will I receive my benchmark feedback?
We aim to supply participants with feedback reports within 6-8 weeks of submissions being received and any data clarifications or errors being resolved. 

When can I benchmark? 
We offer a continuous benchmarking service. There is no submission deadline. Instead, participants have the flexibility to benchmark whenever best suits their internal processes, resource capacities and reporting cycles. 

This process gives participants the best of both worlds – the flexibility to complete the benchmark when it suits them, and ongoing access to the most current version of their peer group benchmark data.   

To ensure organisations are monitoring their progress, we recommend organisations participate in the benchmark annually at a time that suits their annual cycle.

How do I benchmark? / What is involved? 
Complete the benchmark through Probench, our secure and easy to use online platform. Registration is automated once you are confirmed as a benchmark participant. Just log in and start submitting the data and information – you can save responses as you go. 

What does it cost?
Participation in Part 1 is free for any organisation.  Pricing for the complete benchmark is below.  Free participation in the complete benchmark is a benefit of membership of the relevant gender and/or race campaign(s).

Pricing for the complete benchmark (Part 1 & Part 2):

Complete Benchmark*

Non
Member

BITC
Member

Gender
campaign
 member

 

Race
 campaign member

Member
 of gender
and race campaigns

Gender 

£2,600

£2,100

Free

£2,000

Free

Race 

£2,600

£2,100

£2,000

Free

Free

Gender and race

£4,200

£3,350

£2,000

£2,000

Free

*Any member of the age or wellbeing campaigns will receive a discount to participate in the complete benchmarks.

 

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