As part of the BBC Group and a key employer in the media industry, we seek to lead the industry wherever possible in the ways we operate.
Culture, health and wellbeing
BBC Studios’ commercial success is underpinned by happy and motivated teams: putting people first is our primary priority, and four in five employees say they would recommend the BBC as a place to work. With HR Director Jabbar Sardar at the helm, we are working actively to build a diverse and inclusive culture that supports and encourages its people to thrive, be their authentic selves and do their very best work, spotting and nurturing talent inside and outside the organisation.
Support ranges from dedicated training for all, initiatives to improve leadership, career coaching and the opportunity to manage individual working journeys through to access to wellbeing support.
It matters to us that we reflect and are informed by the audiences we serve, with stories that appeal to audiences around the world. To do this we must have a truly diverse and inclusive workforce with the very best talent at all levels. Our targets align with those of the wider BBC, which is to achieve 50% female representation, 20% BAME and 12% for disability and LGBTQ+ respectively as a proportion of the workforce at all levels by 2023 and we are making progress towards these, as reported in the Group Annual Report.
In our production teams, we have also been working actively to improve access for diverse voices. Since 2020, all of our productions have had a minimum threshold of 20% for those coming from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, having a lived experience of a disability, or being from a low-income background. To achieve this, we run a series of mentoring, training and access programmes for under-represented talent.
Leadership on sustainability
Onscreen, our content supports our audiences’ understanding of climate change and the importance of biodiversity. Our reach is both extensive and global: Frozen Planet II, reached a total of 20.5 million unique viewers in the UK. Globally 14 markets are broadcasting the series so far, with many more to follow. Additionally, we seek to amplify our content where possible - for example through our partnership with Minecraft which is enabling the innovative exploration of frozen worlds through the power of game play in more than 116 countries.
In signing the Climate Content Pledge at COP26 we committed to consider climate change across all of our programming, looking to inspire greener choices. From Top Gear showcasing eco fuels which could rival petrol and Morning Live showing the benefits of second-hand clothes shopping to Liam, the protagonist of BBC Three comedy Ladhood, going door to door selling solar panels.
Offscreen, we continue to work with BBC Group to deliver the Net Zero targets, which are underpinned by science. This involves considering our travel, waste and buildings, working with our suppliers and licensees and ensuring our UK productions have both albert footprints and carbon action plans. In 2021/22, 98% of our UK productions had carbon action plans and many pioneered innovative solutions – for example using green hydrogen generators. We also continue to work with our partners and customers and support our staff: we recognise our responsibility in the journey to Net Zero and will continue to work collaboratively to deliver this.