to step up Racial diversity On Formula 1, a Mercedes On Friday (30) announced a partnership with the British organization AFBE-UK (Association of Black Engineers and Minority Ethics). The initiative is part of the “Accelerate 45” project started in 2020, which aims to increase the percentage of black people and ethnic minorities in the German team, currently only 3%, to at least 25%.
“As part of our commitment to improving diversity in our team and our sport, we seek organizations that can provide us with valuable knowledge and support. AFBE-UK’s vast experience is a perfect match as we Seek to broaden its appeal and increase diversity. Talent within our team, “said Paul Mills, Director of Human Resources at Mercedes.
AFBE-UK is an institution established in 2007, and has since worked to increase the participation of black and racial students in the scientific and technical fields, in addition to supporting over 1500 engineers in the United Kingdom.
“We are pleased to see that Mercedes is committed to building a team that reflects the world we live in. The time and resources devoted to an elite brand for that goal is a huge leap forward for engineering. Of all backgrounds. Boys and girls can now dare to dream. They grew up being part of the game “, celebrated the founder of the organization Mar-Tafadzwa Makoni.
The fight against racism and a reference only to blacks on the current grid, Britton Lewis Hamilton is a great motivator of initiatives in favor of diversity in Mercedes and F1. In 2020, the seven-time champion took a step forward in the fight for racial equality and now remains the movement’s main active voice in the category.
Members of AFBE-UK, were already part of the “Hamilton Commission”, which was formed last year to identify existing barriers to apartheid in motorsport. Also, in 2020, Britain was the sponsor of the project “We Race As One” (“We Race Like One”, created by Formula 1).
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