Our Commitments

Find out more about what we are doing to become more inclusive, aware and engaged so that everyone has the opportunity to access ballet, opera, music and dance. We want all our commitments to have a positive effect on our staff, our artists and ou

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Orchestra Mentorship Scheme

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House has launched a groundbreaking pilot programme for young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds. The new scheme will work with young musicians aged 18-25, prioritising engagement with young people from the global majority and other underrepresented backgrounds.

The scheme will provide essential mentoring tailored to the participants’ individual needs whilst enhancing skill sets, insight and training in the classical music field. The project is being delivered in collaboration with Black Lives in Music, an organisation established to champion diversity in the classical music industry.

Our commitment
May 2021

At the ROH we believe that diversity is about making sure we are able to attract and develop talented people who bring more, precisely because of the breadth of their different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and outlooks. It is important to recognise that our history is flawed and our record on diversity has been inconsistent. We are committed to delivering our equality, diversity and inclusion goals and we acknowledge that we must learn as we go. Making a difference requires systemic change and we outline here the steps that we will take over the next eighteen months towards achieving our long-term diversity goals.

Sustainability

August 2022

You can find out more about the latest sustainable projects around the Royal Opera House by reading our Sustainable Stories.

Our commitment

We commit to net zero emissions by 2035, aiming for an earlier 2030 target where possible. To get there we will sustainably purchase electricity and permanently change how we heat our buildings, in line with emission Scopes 1 and 2*. We will also work with our suppliers to help them reduce their emissions and set Scope 3 emission targets by 2025. Activity will be closely monitored and reported each year to ensure targets are on track.

We recognise that everything we do has an impact on the environment – at our home in Covent Garden and at our sites in Thurrock in Essex and Abedare in Wales. The activities of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and our nationwide education programmes all have an impact on the environment. Our audiences, staff and artists have an effect too. We are making changes now to reduce this impact, making a commitment to net zero and being clear on our stages to get there.

The Royal Opera House aims to be a catalyst for positive change as we make our operations more sustainable, efficient and economical.

Anti-racism pledge

Our commitment

Opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House should belong to everyone. We acknowledge that people have experienced long-standing underrepresentation, inequalities, discrimination and micro-aggression as a result of their skin colour, ethnicity and/or faith. We commit to confronting racism and discrimination, to employing and celebrating work by people of colour, and to creating a more inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive.

National Impact

Our commitment

The Royal Opera House welcomes audiences, engages with communities and partners over 150 organisations across the UK, enabling more people to enjoy and engage with ballet and opera. 

 

Corporate Policies

Our commitment

The Royal Opera House aspires to highest standards of corporate governance and seeks to embed best practice in a series of policies that apply to its staff, freelancers and contractors.

What we are doing

You can find out what our current work entails by viewing our corporate policies below.

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