European independent-music body Impala has published its third equity, diversity and inclusion [EDI] report this morning, providing an update on its work and progress.
The report explains how Impala is delivering the diversity charter that it adopted in 2020, which contained 12 commitments – from measuring diversity in the independent sector and mapping best practices across Europe to providing training and practical advice for its members.
The report also includes a couple of testimonies from those members about the impact of thinking about and doing more EDI work.
“By taking on the moral obligation to take part in that process, it’s proven that it goes hand in hand with becoming better and more profitable,” wrote Roger Dorresteijn, general manager of Epitaph.
“Our label has experienced this in practice over the past years: step by step adapting our company structure and improving our hiring policy, this opened up new opportunities, expanded our artist roster, and made our team more creative and flexible.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by !K7 Music CEO Horst Weidenmueller.
“By embracing and nurturing a diverse workforce, we’re not just opening doors; we’re building bridges to undiscovered talent and untapped markets,” he wrote.