The City of London Corporation has drawn up a plan to tackle racism within the local authority.

The Corporation is looking to establish an HR policy on bullying and harassment, provide training for “key individuals across the organisation” and create a “safe space… for meetings convened to discuss tackling racism”, according to a report published on September 24. The local government body may also introduce anonymised recruitment throughout the organisation.

About 70% of the Corporation’s workforce are white, 5.4% are “Asian or Asian British” and 7.52% as “black or black British”, according to data published by the body in March 2020.

The recommendations were published for discussion at a meeting of the Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee on 24 September, and come just over three months after the Committee voted to create the new group.

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The taskforce is also looking at whether historical landmarks dedicated colonialists should be torn down or renamed.

In a 1 September statement, the authority kicked off a three-month long consultation asking people which landmarks – such as plaques, statues and street names in the Square Mile and on City of London Corporation sites – are problematic and what should be done about them.

The group’s creation came after investment executive Andrien Meyers appealed to the Corporation to take action against racial inequality as a response to the Black Lives Matter protests.

Meyers, head of treasury and pensions at the London Borough of Lambeth, which has assets of over £1.4bn, is the only mixed-race mixed-heritage councilman at the Corporation.

“There is only one race, the human race – and we all collectively have a responsibility to do our part so that in this vast ocean of material prosperity, no one from the next generation is left on a lonely island of poverty and missed opportunity,” he said.

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