Our Commitment to Change
15 June 2020
Here at MACK, we condemn racism in all forms and any bias based on gender, class, sexuality or disability, and we are committed to creating a more inclusive, diverse publishing platform and workplace. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-racism protests around the world, and believe that urgent changes need to be made in the art and publishing industries to address the under-representation of Black artists. We acknowledge that having conversations about these racial inequalities, while valuable, is not enough to make long-term, meaningful change. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and listen to others, to critically reflect on our own output and practices as a business, and to commit to actionable steps to address where we have fallen short.
The following aims reflect our dedication to change in our publishing, our online platforms, and also internally as a company:
- Our primary focus is to increase diversity in our publishing list, and there will be regular internal checks on this throughout the year;
- Through our events programme and online platforms, we are seeking new ways of working with and amplifying the voices of Black artists. We will also continue to host critical discussions addressing the juncture of publishing and art with broader societal issues, including the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality;
- We reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism in the workplace, and are introducing mandatory unconscious-bias and structural racism training for every member of our team, and on an ongoing basis. We are also revising our hiring practices to plan ways we can reflect this commitment internally.
- We are increasing access to work experience and training within publishing through a new mentorship programme;
- We are in discussion with other independent publishers and individuals across the arts to create industry-wide, long-term commitments to accessibility and diversity.
There is much work to do but we believe that as a company we can help create an accessible and inclusive industry, one that reflects the remarkable diversity of marginalized voices that have for so long contributed to the creative arts.
We are publishing this to both make ourselves accountable, and also to encourage a much-needed discourse about the inequalities within our industry. Please feel free to contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.
We plan to update this statement periodically to reflect our progress and the current situation.