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All In rolls out focus on mental health, LGBTQ+ and physical disability

The new actions are being added to the advertising industry’s All In Action plan.

Nicola Kemp

Editorial Director

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All In, the cross-industry Inclusion Action plan from the Advertising Association, IPA and ISBA, has announced its next three areas of focus for action; mental health, LGBTQ+ and physical disability. 

The initiative is focused on building a workplace where everyone feels they belong. In line with this, the three actions have been developed by the Advertising Association’s Inclusion Working Group, industry groups NABS and Outvertising, and industry professionals with relevant lived experience.

The latest action focus areas will build upon existing actions on improving the experience and representation of women, Black and Asian talent, disabled talent, working-class talent and older talent.

The nine steps of the Action Plan have been shaped by data from the All In Census, which saw 16,000 advertising professionals take part. The All In Census, the industry’s first inclusion survey, will be repeated in March 2023 and then every two years to track progress. The landmark research provided the industry with a benchmark for building back better.

The mental health action plan will focus on supporting the mental health of our colleagues. As part of the plan, companies are being asked to donate and promote NABS, the advertising and media industry's wellbeing charity.

This is an opportunity for the UK creative industries to lead the way in belonging. By welcoming and encouraging the use of pronouns, employers can help LGBTQ+ employees bring their full authentic selves to the workplace and strongly signal the importance of inclusion for everyone..

Mark Runacus MBE, Joint Chief Executive of Outvertising and Chair of the LGBTQ+ Working Group

NABS lost £1.75 million in revenue during the pandemic whilst experiencing a 23% surge in demand for its services. In addition, All In Census data found one in five of those with mental health conditions are likely to leave their company due to a lack of inclusion, compared to 12% across the industry. While All In data showed that less than half (42%) of people with mental health conditions have made their company aware of their condition.

Kathryn Jacob OBE, Chair of the Inclusion Working Group and CEO of Pearl & Dean, said: “The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of supporting our industry’s wellbeing and services such as NABS, which cannot continue their vital work without everyone’s help. As we announce the next three All In actions, every company has a dedicated roadmap to change at their fingertips. All In Champion status is something all organisations in our advertising community should strive for to demonstrate they are serious about their commitments to building a workplace where everyone belongs.”

When it comes to LGBTQ+ talent, the All In action plan asks companies to improve their experience. All In is asking companies to welcome the use of gender pronouns in their organisations. 

According to data from the All In Census, 45% of LGBTQ+ people reported stress/anxiety compared to 31% industry average. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have been made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace (20% versus 13% of heterosexual people). 

Mark Runacus MBE, Joint Chief Executive of Outvertising and Chair of the LGBTQ+ Working Group, said: “This is an opportunity for the UK creative industries to lead the way in belonging. By welcoming and encouraging the use of pronouns, employers can help LGBTQ+ employees bring their full authentic selves to the workplace and strongly signal the importance of inclusion for everyone. We believe that in doing this we’ll all be more creative, more innovative, and more productive.”

When it comes to disabled talent companies are asked to improve the experience of disabled talent in the workplace by using the BDF accessible premises checklist. Just 2% of those working in advertising have a physical disability compared to 7% of the UK working population. Data from the All In Census shows 43% of physically disabled people believe their company could offer more support in dealing with their health condition.

Danny Josephs, Client Partner, MFUSE, Chair of the Disability Working Group, said: “Having addressed the need to make the industry’s websites accessible, now we turn to the real front doors. Over 6 million of us have mobility issues yet just 27% of offices are wheelchair accessible (YouGov Feb ’20). All we want is a level playing field. Quite literally.”

Recognising All In Champions

The first wave of companies that evidence how they have adopted each of the first six All In actions will be revealed next week at the Advertising Association’s Parliamentary Reception. 

To help companies achieve All In Champion status the Advertising Association has hosted a series of free-to-attend All In sessions providing guidance on how to complete each action, with Actions 1-6 available to watch on demand on YouTube. Sessions on how to implement Actions 7-9 will begin in September. Full information on how to become an All In Champion can be found in the All In Hub

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