The events were attended by a total of some 600 team members as well as the company’s senior executives.
Turtle Bay says the initiative was created to educate and facilitate honest conversations about privilege, bias, microaggressions, racism, non-racist behaviour and, most importantly, the concept of being an anti-racist.
“As a business, we have invested heavily in our equality, inclusion and wellness programme, spending months training a group of internal workshop coordinators to facilitate conversations and provide the education, skills and resources needed for this Roadshow,” says Turtle Bay head of people Jo Cole.
Run by the group’s equality and inclusion teams, the It’s All About Race Roadshow is part of Turtle Bay’s zero-tolerance policy on discrimination and has the stated overall aim of ‘creating a more inclusive and equitable future for the hospitality industry’.
The lessons shared and collaborative learnings found have been embedded into the company’s internal training policies, with its management teams given the tools needed to cascade the workshops to more than 2,000 employees.
“We all have an opportunity to make a difference, we just need to be courageous enough to have uncomfortable conversations,” says Turtle Bay equality and inclusion partner Olajide Alabi. “This courage is contagious, and our teams at Turtle Bay have all shown their bravery and ability to create a better future - a more equitable and inclusive one for all.”