Diversity policy for Platform 6
The individual members of Platform 6 are almost exclusively aging white men and, probably many of the member coops predominantly are too.
This is sort of missing the point of a broad community of co-operative development, welcoming in new co-operators and helping people across society develop co-ops everywhere.
In order to tackle this, we discussed a draft diversity policy for the board of directors, the implementation of which will require us to increase the diversity of the membership.
At the members meeting today, we agreed that we want it to be a discussion for the whole P6 community, although the final proposal would be decided just by the members. I knocked this up very quickly (with some additions from the meeting), so it could do with input from more people.
"I propose that we should have a diversity policy that puts a maximum ratio on any one demographic on the board of directors (there's no set number of directors)- ie, once we have reached that maximum, we don't make anyone else in that category a director. And given that we're currently exceeding some of them, we need to actively recruit folks from the missing demographics.
- Cis-male - max - 60%
Cis-female - min - 40%
- Apparently white - max 80%
- Over45 - max - 75%
- No apparent physical disabilities - 90%
- Not-university educated (by age 30?) - 80%
Clearly, recruiting to correct ratios in one demographic is likely to further unbalance another - i think we can (only) further unbalance the mix of directors if the new director is filling another gap for the next 18 months.
Board diversity should represent the membership, part of how the policy is enacted is that the diversity of membership and board is regularly and openly reported"
Some of my thinking:
- it is meant to be about what the board of directors looks like, we want as many people as possible to think 'i fit in that group', hence 'apparently white' and 'apparent disability'
- gender: 'cis' means born as and still identifying as a particular gender. I have put a max and min for cis men and women, which hopefully creates space for others.
- all the other categories are binaries, because they can be, but i think gender is too complex for a single metric.
- clearly some of my ratios are not terribly ambitious for the long-term