Bias and fair decision-making
Every day, our minds make snap decisions about others without us realising it. If left unchallenged, these biases can affect the resources and opportunities that others are given access to. One person’s implicit bias can have a lasting impact on another person’s career path.
It’s important for all of us to recognise our biases – but what should we do next?
We created this short video as a resource for members of boards, committees, and funding and interview panels – anyone whose decisions make an impact on others’ careers in the chemical sciences. The video suggests some small actions we can all take to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on our decision-making.
At the Royal Society of Chemistry we are committed to tackling the effects of implicit bias, as part of our ongoing work to break down the barriers that chemists from underrepresented groups often face. We’ll be sharing this resource with our community, helping to continue improving fairness and inclusivity across all our organisational decisions. We invite you to get involved; watch and share this video, and start conversations about implicit bias with your committee, team, board, or department. Together we can make chemistry truly for everyone.
Do you have questions or suggestions on how we could further help to counteract the effects of implicit bias? Get in touch with our team.