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 their different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and outlooks.
Recruiting and working with talented teams is just the start. We are working to create an environment where everyone knows they belong and feel that they can do their best work. This requires inclusive leaders with the ability and desire to continually seek feedback, to really listen and to establish a culture where diversity is genuinely valued and promoted.
Success in this endeavour is critical to the organisation’s future and we commit to holding our leadership team accountable.
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 (EDI) 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.
It is vital that responsibility for EDI is shared by everyone within the organisation, and our strategy includes commitments from every area of the House, in line with our values and behaviours – Respect, Openness and High Standards.
While our plan supports EDI in the broadest terms and across all protected characteristics, there is additional focus on addressing current under-representation in terms of ethnicity, disability, socio-economic mobility and gender.
We commit to ensuring our stages and events will better reflect and celebrate a diversity of communities and experiences, and we will programme mainstage and Linbury productions that foreground and signal our ongoing commitment to diversity.
We will engage more proactively with communities to ensure that our portrayals of diverse cultures are respectful and authentic, diversifying our stories and those telling them.
We will ensure that we have diverse pipelines of talent for the artistic companies, back-stage and the wider workforce. We will develop talent and ensure that opportunities are accessed on an equitable basis.
We will respect everyone as individuals and ensure equal access to the support needed for people to perform at their best and always feel safe. We will be reflective, sensitive and open to the range of lived experiences and will seek and listen to the different perspectives within the organisation.
We will do more to improve the access to and visibility of our work with communities who have historically had less engagement with ballet and opera, and remove or reduce any practical barriers to access for our audiences and workforce.
We will further develop the skills required to lead our EDI work with cultural competence and confidence, and ensure we have progressive policies and procedures in place to support our values and behaviours.
Priority headlines from our EDI plans include:
Find out more about what we are doing to become more inclusive, aware and engaged and our commitment to confronting racism and discrimination in all its forms.
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