THE BLACK BRITISH NETWORK

In light of the killing of Black people across 2020 there was 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 the 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 in the wider society.

There is hope that for one moment, people will no longer be afraid to listen to the Black community, 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 many years from now we are not having this same conversation again.

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Jason Tarry, Tesco, CEO 

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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER

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Allies & Leaders Signed Up

The following list of executives, industry leaders and allies have read 'Letter to Zion' and committed their time, resources and organisations to stand with us as we drive targeted change focused on the Black community in the UK and ending systemic racism. We are looking for allies who are not afraid to have candid and constructive conversations that lead to dismantling systemic racism and creating an equal playing field for the economic advancement of the Black community in the UK

Our aim is to use our collective influence and strategic position to keep the conversation going beyond moments of trauma and public traction whilst taking brave, tangible and meaningful steps to create the change we need to see.

All leaders listed have read Cephas Williams letter to his son, Zion and have committed to the BBN's 4 Key Deliverables using their influence and business' to support Cephas' mission and the legacy of the BBN.

Andrew Denton

Alfa Systems

CEO

Rob Love

Crowdfunder

CEO / Co-founder

Keith Weed

WPP

Non-Executive Director

Justin Coachrane

Clear Channel

CEO, UK & Europe

Sharon Ament

Museum of London

Director

Katie Mackay-Sinclair

Mother London

Partner

Jason Butwick

Dechert

Partner

Simon Eaves

Accenture

CEO, UK&I

Nicola Mendelson

Facebook

VP EMEA

Paul Polman

Imagine

Co-founder & Chair

Richard Bon

Clear Channel UK

Managing Director

Jude Kelly CBE

The WOW Foundation

Founder & Director

Helen Calcraft

Lucky Generals

Co-founder

John McGrath

MIF

Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Robert Savile

Mother London

Co-Founder

Anette King

Publicis Groupe

CEO, UK

Zahra Bahrololoumi

Salesforce

CEO, UK&I

Steve Hatch

Facebook

Director, UK&I

Simon Pegg

Stolen Picture

Co-founder

Danny Brooke-Taylor

Lucky Generals

Co-founder

Mervyn Lyn

Strategic Partnership Solutions Ltd

Founding Partner

Hywel Ball

EY

UK Chair & Managing Partner UK&I

Richard Parsons

Sony Pictures

COO

Sarah Douglas

AMV BBDO

CEO

Sue Frogley

Publicis Media

CEO, UK

Nick Ring

Columbia Thread Needle

CEO

Johnathan Reekie

Somerset House Trust

Director

Phil Thomas

Ascential

President, Marketing Division & Chairman, Cannes Lions

Stephen Woodford

Advertising Association

CEO

Mark Evans

O2 (Telefonica UK)

CEO

Steve Varley

EY

Global Vice Chair, Sustainability

Sophie Devonshire

The Marketing Society

CEO

Steve Murrells

The Co-op Group

CEO

Magnus Djaba

Saatchi & Saatchi

Global President

Alan Jope

Unilever

CEO

Halla Tómasdóttir

The B Team

CEO & Chief Change Catalyst

Barry Cupples

Talon Outdoor

CEO

Daren Rubins

Conker

Co-founder

William Eccleshare

Clear Channel Outdoor

CEO

Jason Tarry

Tesco

CEO

Andy Medd

Broody

Founder

Simon Roberts

Sainsbury's

CEO

Shaheen Sayed

Accenture

Senior Managing Director

Aline Santos

Unilever

Global Executive VP Marketing

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'. Imagine the change we would see if we centralised the conversation and worked together.

 

Together We Are Stronger.

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BBN Corporate 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 to drive this agenda forward together.