Amidst the recent call for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands to do more and do better when it comes to diversity and placing black people in roles, The Black in Fashion Council, founded by Teen Vogue EIC Lindsay Peoples Wagner, and Sandrine Charles founder of her eponymous consulting firm, Sandrine Charles Consulting, has launched and the aim is to address this call for change; to represent & secure the advancement of Black individuals in fashion & beauty. According to their website’s landing page, The Black in Fashion Council “was founded to represent and secure the advancement of black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry. As a collective, we envision a world in which black people in fashion and beauty spaces can be open and honest, guaranteed equal rights, and be celebrated for our voices. While we are working on our end, we encourage people in the industry to rise to the occasion to sustain long-term change.”
According to a recent report from Vogue, The Black in Fashion Council will be working with the Human Rights Campaign to establish an equality index score that will provide benchmarking around corporate policies and practices “pertinent to the inclusivity of Black employees.” This equality index score, akin to the Corporate Equality Index for people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community, will produce a yearly public report to track the work that companies who’ve signed a three-year commitment pledge are doing to foster representation of Black employees at all levels #accountability.
Black in Fashion council co-founder Lindsay Peoples Wagner said “This would be a way to continue to give companies a report card of accountability without them feeling like they’re being shamed into it, and giving them the actual resources of what people are saying they want to see changed.”
The Council’s first equality index score will be released in June 2021. It will also produce a digital directory of Black fashion and beauty professionals that brands can purchase to assist with diversifying their staffs. The Black in Fashion Council will fully launch in July 2020.
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