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At Gate One, we celebrate and champion ethnic diversity. We value the thoughts and opinions of our ethnically diverse workforce, and recognise that difficult conversations need to be had if we are to understand, take action and ensure Gate One is a truly inclusive, culturally diverse business.

What does Black History Month mean to me?

As part of Black History Month, our colleagues shared their reflections and experiences of what Black History Month means to them. Here are just some of the things they had to say:

Anthony Mensah, finance and operations assistant at Gate One, said: “Black History Month is a chance to highlight and celebrate a community that is full of beauty, talent, resilience and love. It is a chance to embrace our entire history and fill the gaps left by textbooks. It is a time to show appreciation for not only our historic heroes but also our modern-day heroes who are making positive changes as we speak.”

Kenya Flute, people and talent officer at Gate One, said: “I feel very fortunate to work for a company that allows us to share our experiences and to have these important conversations. My hope for Black History Month this year is that… [it] will be a chance for us to have open and sometimes difficult discussions. I hope that you will keep an open mind and an open heart, really listen to the messages and be active allies. I hope that we can educate and celebrate the beauty of all black people and the richness of the culture.”

Phoebe Antiri, finance and operations assistant at Gate One, said: “I’ve faced many challenges with racism in my life so far but I’m yet to face one of the hardest challenges for women… childbirth. Thinking about this year’s theme for Black History Month, ‘Time for Change: Action Not Words’, the care women receive should be equal and without biases that are detriment to black and/or Asian women. Our worries should be taken seriously by those in the medical field, so that myself and other women are not riddled with fear of giving birth due to biases that may be held. I will continue to educate people on why it’s so important to me and why I love my culture.”

Watch our colleagues discuss what Black History Month means to them in our dedicated podcast.

To create meaningful change for our clients, our people and our communities, we need diverse talent and diverse ways of working. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where we can do our best work.

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