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Know   your  Institute
                     Know your Institute

        The IS SIG milestones
     The IS SIG milestones                                                                                                                 The IS SIG was fundamental in creating a safe and brave space for the creation of The Rainbow
                                                                                                                                           Group in 2021. The Rainbow LGBTQ+ Group was launched to support professionals and help
                                                                                                                                           create a security industry that is reflective of the wider community it protects. The Rainbow
        Diversity & Inclusion Survey                                                                                                       Group has since embarked on the journey of success and is aiming to establish a network
                                                                                                                                           throughout the UK (and eventually globally) for the community and its allies.
        Analysis Publication and                                                                                                           One of the IS SIG’s priority tasks was to conduct a survey to provide a benchmark for diversity

                                                                                                                                           in the SI and across the security sector. The group recognised that the lack of existing data
        beyond                                                                                                                             makes it difficult to identify areas for improvement as well as the need for an evidence base
                                                                                                                                           to tackle the current status quo. Thus, in 2021, the IS SIG launched an Inclusivity and Diversity
                                                                                                                                           questionnaire, aiming to understand the security sector’s workforce in greater detail. After
                                                                                                                                           receiving over 500 responses from Security Institute members, the questionnaire was opened
       - By Anna-Liisa Tampuu & Lisa Reilly, Co-chairs of the IS SIG                                                                       to the wider sector.

      The 30th July 2020 marked the launch event of the Inclusive Security Special                                                         In 2022, the survey results were analysed and in November 2022, the Security Institute
      Interest Group (IS SIG). The weight of the pandemic and restrictions highlighted                                                     Diversity & Inclusion Survey Analysis was completed by David Clamp. In summary, the survey
      the importance of safe and supportive spaces with the added complexity of social                                                     respondents were 78% Male, 63% aged 45 or over and 83% were white. 88% identified as
      distancing and fear over what the future might hold. Launching the IS SIG was a                                                      heterosexual and 12% identified with a disability.
      great first step to bringing people together, even if it had to begin online. It was
      also a vital step in the journey of building a new community that helps create                                                       The survey showed that the biggest variation between representation within the security sector,
      positive change and brings hope during such challenging times.                                                                       in comparison to the general population, is gender, with only 22% female respondents. Women
                                                                                                                                           in particular face barriers getting into the sector and then, once within it, progressing.
      The IS SIG set itself ambitious goals, from arranging and facilitating specialist
      activities, meetings, and visits relating to work around diversity in security. The                                                  The survey analysis also highlighted that there were fewer respondents with disabilities than
      IS SIG advocates for diversity of ideas, variety of perspectives and growth of the                                                   might be expected. Of those that did identify with disabilities, many stated they had not received
      talent pool in the security industry to foster innovation.                                                                           the support they need, particularly those identifying with dyslexia.

      The group also aims to understand how the Security Institute can build an                                                            The publication of the survey analysis is an important milestone, and although the first survey
      inclusive programme which encourages participation from all members of society                                                       had its limitations, it was a crucial step in gathering such important data about the sector. As
      and has conducted research with Institute Membership to understand its current                                                       David Clamp writes in the executive summary: “The report examines some of the underlying
      diversity and how to improve the involvement of different groups in its work.                                                        factors that have led to the current context. It also notes growing views within the sector that
                                                                                                                                           to develop and thrive, the sector needs to recognise that profitability and diversity are not only
      Although the group had aspiring goals, it was aware of the challenges associated                                                     compatible; but that a diverse workforce will make the sector more profitable.” In collaboration
      with setting achievable objectives, that would see practical action taken when the                                                   and to mark this milestone, Yolanda Hamblen for IFPO launched a series of interviews with
      road ahead is long and unclear. In 2020 the movement of DE&I initiatives in the                                                      David Clamp around the report.
      security sector was only just gaining momentum.
                                                                                                                                           Finally, collaboration within the sector around DE&I was identified as a gap by the IS SIG. Since
      In the two and half years since it formed the IS SIG has held monthly meetings,                                                      initiation by the IS SIG, several virtual roundtable meetings with other relevant groups in the
      written several articles, presented at different conferences and organised a series                                                  sector were held in 2022 to listen and learn from others, and to understand how groups can
      of Thought Leadership webinars on the topics of ‘Starting Out’; ‘Covid Security;                                                     work together for maximum impact for driving DE&I initiatives. These will continue in 2023.
      Ethnicity and Gender’; ‘Staff Diversity’; ‘Wellbeing and Safe Spaces’; ‘International
      Women’s Day: Embracing Your Whole Self’; ‘Improving international negotiation                                                        The IS SIG is currently reviewing the foundational years and is shaping its course for the 2023
      through cultural intelligence’ and many more.                                                                                        and beyond.

      It was recognised that one hindering factor towards diversity is the current                                                         With many important milestones accomplished, one of the most important has been bringing
      perceived homogeneity of the security sector and the lack of diverse role models.                                                    people together to support each other during the challenging times of the covid-19 pandemic.
      To counter this the group launched the #OurSecurity Campaign to show the                                                             The IS SIG demonstrates that caring about people is a fundamental cornerstone to creating an
      different career journeys of the Security Institute’s members through their                                                          innovative sector that looks after its talent. And at its core, this is where the IS SIG began.
      personal narratives. The campaign aimed to spotlight various stories from a wide
      range of backgrounds in order to show that security can be a career of choice                                                        Announcement: The IS SIG is looking for an enthusiastic co-chair to help carry on the work in
      without needing a particular route and that everyone brings their own unique                                                         order to take the group forward in the next phase. Please email the Security Institute if you
      story.                                                                                                                               are interested in the position.

                                                                                                                                           The Security Institute Diversity & Inclusion Survey Analysis is available HERE!
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