Allies & Leaders Signed Up
The following list of executives, industry leaders and allies have committed their time, resources and organisation to stand with us as we drive targeted change focused on the Black community in the UK. We are looking for allies who are not afraid to have candid and constructive conversations that lead to real systemic change to join us on this journey.
The leaders listed have read Cephas Williams letter to his son, Zion, committed money, time and resources to the BBN's first year goals and introduced the BBN to at least 1 other leader / organisation.
CEO / Co-founder
CEO, UK & Europe
Artistic Director & Chief Executive
VP Global Business Group
Chairman & Senior Partner
Co-founder & Chair
Clear Channel UK
Jude Kelly CBE
The WOW Foundation
Founder & Director
Group Managing Director
Strategic Partnership Solutions Ltd
UK Chair & Managing Partner UK&I
The Marketing Society
The Co-op Group
Columbia Thread Needle
Somerset House Trust
President, Marketing Division & Chairman, Cannes Lions
O2 (Telefonica UK)
Global Vice Chair, Sustainability
Saatchi & Saatchi
Omnicom Media Group
Clear Channel Outdoor
Museum of London
Senior Managing Director
Global Executive VP Marketing
Global Managing Partner
Imagine if all our major companies and their executives stood together, to support the Black community in the UK to priorities our economic advancement and the eradication of systemic racism. Imagine if we stopped paying lip service and put our money and our resources where our mouths and hearts seem to be. If we kept the momentum and energy that came after the murder of George Floyd in 2020, so that it does not take for the death of another Black person before we see the true state of the landscape toward Black people again. We need to act now and come together to create seismic and authentic change, change that will last. What if we had an alliance, a network of leaders and leading companies standing shoulder to shoulder with the Black community, not saying 'we are perfect' but saying 'we will honestly and wholeheartedly work together with the Black community, to ensure that 20 years from now, the next generation of Black people have a level playing field in the UK'.
BBN Founding Members
This is a list of the companies that have signed up to be part of our Roundtable Conversations & The Black Paper. Working with the BBN to collectively dismantle systemic racism and create an equal playing field for the economic advancement of the Black community in the UK. Using their business, resources and our combined networks.
Together We Are Stronger
This is a list of the organisations who are either nationally or globally recognised bodies that represent or bring together groups of people in society or a group of companies connected to an industry. The role these organisations play in working with us to dismantle systemic racism is to use their influence and the power of their national/global position to communicate what they learn from our Roundtable Conversations across the people and companies within their networks.
In light of the killings of Black people across 2020 there had been a groundswell of awareness and momentum focused on the experience of the Black community globally and how we bring about positive change.
A poignant moment that caused for the whole world to look inwardly and reflect on all of our feelings towards the Black community, the reality of Black communities perceived position in society, the frustration informed by both overt and covert racist acts and the lack of economic advancement through the years due to systemic racism and prejudice that exists both within the workplace and the wider landscape.
There is hope that for once, people will no longer be afraid to listen to the Black community, engage in candid conversations, accept the realities of the inequalities experienced and work with us to usher in long lasting change. On top of this, there needs to be a united effort to focus time and resources on ensuring we strengthen, support and uplift the Black community who have had to suffer in silence for too long; to make sure that 20 years from now, we are not having this same conversation again and are closer to the world we need to see.
Together We Are Stronger
4 Key Deliverables
Over the course of the next year, we will be looking at delivering on the following 4 things. This is just the start, we aim to do much more as we grow our network, our footprint and our impact.
In this letter Cephas lays out his vision for a better Britain for the Black community and for us all. He touches on what has been happening in the UK and the global awakening now taking place from a personal perspective, in form of a letter to his son.
"For the longest time in the UK (on a mainstream level) our stories have been controlled and curated by people who do not look like us, people who are disconnected from our reality and people who can't directly relate to being Black. As such we are only celebrated as a community in October 'Black history month'. On top of this, because of the lack of control we have around who tells our stories, there are very specific notions and ideas that are amplified about the Black community that are not true in some cases and do not represent a wholistic and honest picture of what it means to be Black in the UK."