Working towards everyone having the chance to choose Real Bread and being included in our work and world.
We work towards everyone having the chance to choose Real Bread. We also invite everyone who's interested to be included in our work and world but recognise that there are people missing from the party.
Our activity and this statement will evolve over time and we welcome your input in helping us to shape both.
When working on diversity, equity and inclusion, there are few - if any - things that 100% of people agree are right. There will be things we will do or not do, say or not say, that will divide opinion. The same goes for the ways in which we take action and the terms/language we use. We will get things wrong but would rather do that, then try again, than let fear of messing up prevent us from acting at all.
We are sorry if anything is not done the way that you feel is right or the best way - please let us know and we will take your views on board with the rest.
If you have any comment, or would like to be involved in this ongoing process, please email Campaign coordinator Chris Young.
By Real Bread we simply mean made without chemical leavening, so-called processing aids or other additives. This universally-inclusive definition incorporates every type of leavened and unleavened bread on earth.
People of every age, nationality, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic heritage, differing ability, neurological status, religion and economic background, who speak every language worldwide, enjoy Real Bread and are involved in its rise.
We welcome everyone who shares our beliefs and values, and would like to support our charity’s work, to join the Real Bread Campaign. Everyone is also invited to our wider network of friends by signing up to our free mailing list.
We know that this wide diversity of people is not as well reflected as it should be in our work and international network and are working to improve this. Examples include:
We balance the need to raise funds, and otherwise generate income, to continue our charity's work with addressing economic barriers to inclusion:
In all of the above, we strongly encourage the participation of Black People, other People of Colour, and people who otherwise self-identify as belonging to any group historically underrepresented in and by the Campaign.
While working to put our own house in order, we will seek to find ways to encourage organisations and companies with which we work to look at diversity, equity and inclusion in their work. We would like to hear from those that are addressing these issues to get in touch so we can see what we can learn from them.
March 2021: We wrote to the organisers of three UK national bakery awards, suggesting they consider introducing categories to celebrate Black Bakers and other Bakers of Colour. Encouragingly, two responded that our message prompted them to start a review of their judging criteria, process and panels.
Sustain / the Real Bread Campaign does not tolerate language or actions of a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic or other prejudiced or hateful nature by its staff members or volunteers. We will investigate any allegations of such behaviour and take appropriate action.
While working to fix these problems is our responsibility, we want and need your help to do so. We are by no means experts in this area, and recognise that people’s opinions and experiences vary.
If you would like to:
...please email Campaign coordinator Chris Young.
We will add more links as time goes on. We welcome your suggestions, especially of organisations/initiatives that celebrate diversity, promote inclusion and tackle inequity and prejudice in the baking sector, particularly around bread, and food more generally.