Black Lives and Business in the United Kingdom | Institute for Human Rights and Business

Black Lives and Business in the United Kingdom

02 July 2020 Live broadcast

The Black Lives Matter movement has prompted global reflection on the systemic nature of racial injustice at every level of society, including the UK. More and more seem to recognise an opportunity and responsibility to begin the work of reimagining how our schools, universities, workplaces, communities, and nations can be places where all are respected for who they are. 

In a new series on Black Lives and Business, IHRB and partners will reflect on the issue of young black men and women seeking to enter and progress within employment, enterprise, creative industries and the ownership structures that determine how our economies work. The first of these discussions is on 2 July 2020 and brings together Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey and the former UK Government Minister Sam Gymiah with IHRB's Senior Advisor on Global Issues, Salil Tripathi, to discuss the next generation of leaders concerned about their futures, with questions and ideas about the way forward.  

Thursday 2nd July 2020, 9am EDT / 2pm BST 


  • Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey
  • Sam Gyimah, former UK Minister for Universities, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • In conversation with IHRB's Salil Tripathi


This is the first in our discussion series on Black Lives and Business. The second looks at  systemic inequities in companies, economies, and communities in the United States, how US companies have impacts abroad, and the lessons the US experience can offer globally. Member of the UN Group of Experts on People of African Descent Dominique Day, Professor Ella L J Bell Smith, Chair of the Global Business Iniative on Human Rights (GBI) Andrea Shemberg, and IHRB's Salil Tripathi discuss whether companies can be truly meritocratic, how far their responsibilities go, and what lessons can be learned from around the world.


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