Standing up for equality: see our progress since our £30 million commitment

Thursday 3 February 2022

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Eighteen months ago, Sky committed to do more to support racial equality. Kicking off a three-year programme of work, backed by a £30 million investment.

Since then, we’ve been developing our team and culture to make Sky more representative and inclusive. We’ve been working with community partners to support people hurt by racism. And we’ve been using our voice – our channels, shows and stars – to call out racial injustice.

Watch the video to see our progress so far.

Over a year in, we’ve spent £11 million. We’ve grown and developed our team. Helped young people to find their voice and take action. Campaigned to kick racism out of sport. Supported rising stars on and off-screen to tell powerful stories about the Black, Asian and ethnic minority experience. Kick-started new partnerships that we hope will change people’s lives for the better. And much more.

We’d like to thank every colleague, partner and supporter. Without you none of this would have been possible.

As we head into 2022, we’ll keep up the momentum. We’ll announce ambitious new partnerships and projects. We’re also taking the lessons learnt from our work so far, to maximise our impact for the next two years.

From here, you can expect more. More shows. More campaigns. More understanding and more willingness to talk about race. More talented people from diverse backgrounds breaking through. More strong voices. We’ve done a lot, but there’s so much more to come. And we can’t wait for what’s next.

About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. Across six countries, Sky connects 23 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content.

Following the launch of Sky Glass, we now offer customers our strongest ever line-up of products and services. As well as the new streaming TV with Sky inside and everything integrated, customers can enjoy the award-winning Sky Q with all your favourite channels and apps in one place, and with Sky Go you can now access an even better experience on your devices. Sky TV has new channels, new shows and new deals with Peacock, Paramount+ and more. Sky Mobile was voted Best Pay Monthly and Best Value Pay Monthly network by Uswitch, and with Sky Broadband we’re offering our fastest speeds yet.

Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years alone. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free; Sky Arts is the UKs only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service, brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in-between. Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library.

We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity, and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation. We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over the next three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice.

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