Our values; Optimism & Determination, Inclusivity & Collaboration, and Agility & Adaptability are the pillars of our inclusive culture. Everyone is welcome at Paramount in the UK. Ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, life status, whether you are a disabled person or non-disabled… in fact, however you identify yourself, you’ll find no barriers here.
Creating a working environment of inclusion and belonging aligns squarely with our commitment to creating content that reflects, celebrates and elevates the diversity of our various audiences.
We have a responsibility to use our platforms to make meaningful and lasting change and all employees contribute to this endeavour.
So, whatever your job at Paramount might be, you can thrive in our culture and environment and be your best self.
“Inclusion is is not a trend, it’s essential for an organisation to thrive for the future.”
Wincie Knight, VP Global Inclusion StrategyMore from Wincie…
Employee Resource Groups
Our global Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide a forum for our people to flourish personally and professionally while offering our brands business support. Lots of our workforce are members of these employee-led groups. Click on the drop-down menu for more details.
Support when you need it
The Approach Team is a mental health support group based at Hawley Crescent, consisting of employees who are Mental Health First Aid trained. They offer confidential support as fully qualified Mental Health First Aiders and direct employees to relevant support services such as EAP. For more on Welbeing at Paramount, see the Our Passion section.
We’ve also signed up to the Mental Heatlh Charter as part of wide–ranging commitments to mental health support and awareness.
We are proud to partner with a host of incredible companies all of which support us on our inclusion journey. We are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible for everyone and our partnerships help us to do this. Our partners also connect us to fantastic talent from diverse communities.
Our partnerships are:
Inclusion is a business imperative for us at Paramount UK.
We’re committed to creating an environment of inclusion and belonging and content that reflects, celebrates, and elevates our audiences’ diversity. It’s our responsibility to use our platforms to connect the world, create culture, mark the moments that matter to us, and make meaningful and lasting change.
Our Office of Global Inclusion has a mission to foster a culture of inclusiveness, which holds leadership accountable for creating and championing a diverse, multicultural workforce where all employees can contribute to our company’s success.
Read more here from Marva Smalls, our Global Head of Inclusion.
Using our content to change perceptions
We have immense reach and because we do, we have a unique privilege and responsibility to help change perceptions with our content. We’re determined to ensure diversity and inclusion is present in the projects we are involved with, for our own screens or for distribution.
That includes the content itself and the writers, artists, showrunners, and other creators behind the scenes. Our longstanding company-wide diversity and inclusion talent initiatives have been trailblazing, and we’re committed to fostering diverse talent.
No Diversity, No Commission
‘No Diversity, No Commission’ covers our entire international organisation of 180 countries. The policy requires production companies to adhere to diversity guidelines before budgets are signed off, and productions are approved to begin. Paramount has committed to identifying scripted content promoting underrepresented cultures for its youth, entertainment, and kids’ brands. In Europe, 30% of Paramount’s international 2021 budget will focus on producing stories about underrepresented groups and issues.
New Faces, New Voices
Channel 5 is committed to showcasing experts with a diverse range of skills and experiences and wants to attract the broadest range of talent to contribute. As such, we’d particularly like to hear from people with disabilities, those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, women, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and the LGBTQIA+ communities from all around England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you have a fresh and special story to tell and you believe you have a new viewpoint which the Channel 5 audience would like to hear please find out more: https://www.channel5.com/nfnv-privacy-policy/
Channel 5 B.A.M.E Indies Initiative
Channel 5 has commissioned a range of projects from seven black, Asian, and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E) owned and managed production companies following the launch of its B.A.M.E Indies Initiative. The projects were created in collaboration with the TV Collective and saw nine production companies teamed with Channel 5 commissioners to support their delivery of mainstream programmes. The ‘Promotion Opportunity Project’ identifies and supports the promotion of B.A.M.E talent in the UK production sector. It’s all part of Channel 5’s commitment to nurturing diverse off-screen talent. The aim is to champion several mid-level freelancers to help their career progression.
Every other year, Paramount shares data and insights relating to its employee population in the UK helping us to see and fully understand the diverse make-up of our business.
Our Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap
By law, all UK-based companies with more than 250 employees are required to publish information on an annual basis about their gender pay gap – the difference between average pay for their male and female employees.
Here at Paramount we have been reporting our UK gender gap since 2017 and voluntarily publishing our ethnicity pay gap since 2019. Please click on the link below to read the 2022 report. viacomcbs-mediahub.co.uk/corporate/viacom-gender-pay-report
We’ve launched our first ever B.A.M.E Talent Sponsorship Programme. It pairs junior staff members from a B.A.M.E background with a senior leader to work on a project outside their business area. The sponsorship is all part of creating equitable working practices. We’ve also launched our Female Talent Programme to help female-identifying employees develop their professional development. Recognising B.A.M.E and female talent is essential to us and stems from research on our company population.
Race and Equity Task Forces
We have created three companywide Task Forces to develop initiatives that will address racial equity in every area of our business. Each group will have an executive chair and will critically require support from employees across our organisation.
Paramount Inclusion Board
Paramount’s Inclusion Board ensures our senior leadership team in the UK is closely aligned with our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Sound like a place where you could be you?
Check out the range of UK jobs at Paramount here…