Institutes – Lawrence inquiry sparks CIMA review

Concerns raised in the inquiry into the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence have persuaded management accountants body CIMA to explore an ethnic monitoring policy for members.

The informal review is likely to involve consultation with other institutes and the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies. It will re-examine arguments for and against ethnic monitoring and look at how any policy could be implemented. The issue was last debated by CIMA members four years ago. The institute said there was no significant support at the time.

CIMA secretary John Chester said the recent Lawrence inquiry – among those commemorating last week’s sixth anniversary of the teenager’s murder was his mother, Doreen (pictured above) – had led the institute to reconsider its position on ethnic monitoring. ‘It raises big public interest issues,’ he said. ‘But to decide if employers are prejudiced requires quite a lot of research.’

Both ACCA and the English ICA said they had an ethnic monitoring policy in place.

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