Estate agents Savills suspend employee for racist Tweet
Many businesses claim to have a zero-tolerance approach to racism. The luxury estate agents, Savills, have put their words into action by suspending an employee who posted racist Tweets about the England team following their loss to Italy on Sunday in the Euro 2020 final.
"Savills abhors and has zero tolerance to any form of racism and racial discrimination and is appalled by the racist comments in these tweets”, the company said in a statement. “Savills is immediately investigating and will take appropriate action."
Savills is headquartered in London and has a revenue of £1.7b.
A Tweet from the official Savills Twitter account
As the diversity of England’s Three Lions inspires a nation, racism is fiercely rejected
The now deleted Tweet was reported to the social media titan. It was also saved as a screenshot by other Twitter users and circulated.
Dedicated Twitter users also scrolled through the accounts history, where other Tweets were discovered to include racist language.
The account has now been deleted.
The behavior of some fans has been especially devastating as the England squad were identified for their diversity. Migration Museum had discovered that over half of the 26-man squad had at least one parent or grandparent born outside of the UK.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team”, said the FA. “We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”
Prince William, who had attended the match with his family, also took to Twitter. “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”
UK estate agents condemn abuse
This is the second time in two weeks that an estate agent has lost their job due to threatening behavior.
Lewis Hughes, 24, was branded a “despicable thug” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after Hughes shared a video of himself and a friend manhandling Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, as they demanded a selfie.
Hughes was sacked by Caplen Estates Agents after the video went viral.
“I’ve paid the price with my job”, Hughes told The Sun. “I absolutely apologise for any upset I caused.”
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."