Mercedes launches diversity and inclusion programme 'Accelerate 25'


Mercedes has announced its plans to improve diversity within its F1 team over the next five years

Lewis Hamilton, 2020 Bahrain GP

Mercedes is aiming to improve the diversity of its team by 2025 by 25 per cent


Mercedes has unveiled its plans to become a more diverse and inclusive team with the announcement of its Accelerate 25 plan.

Earlier this year, the team confirmed its intentions to review its hiring and workplace policies and how to better understand underrepresented groups that work within the Mercedes F1 team. It also launched its all-black livery for 2020 which will carry over into next season.

The team says that after months of review of internal policies, culture and practices, going forward the team has set new targets to increase diversity and inclusion through the new initiative lasting the next five years.

25 per cent of new hires will now come from underrepresented groups, with 200 recruitment personnel having undertaken Unconscious Bias training along with 150 managers completing an ‘Inclusive Excellence’ programme by the end of 2020. Every Mercedes employee will also have completed a Diversity and Inclusion course by the end of June 2021.

Working with the EW Group, an external specialist in recruitment and development, action plans will also be put into place that targets underrepresented groups for work placements, mentoring and sponsorship programmes.

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The team is also partnering with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers as well as Stemettes, a group that works to help young women and non-binary people into STEM fields.

“Our legacy off the track is just as important to this team as the success that we have achieved with our historic seventh consecutive World Championship this year,” team principal Toto Wolff said.

“We have a real opportunity to drive the change that we all want to see in our sport through strengthening an inclusive and diverse culture at our team and using our platform to take that thinking beyond just our factory.

“I am very proud of the work that has been done over the last few months to take an in-depth look at our practices, to assess our weaknesses and to develop a long-term plan and commitment to take the necessary actions and realise every advantage of becoming a more diverse team; this is the vision expressed by our new programme, Accelerate 25.”

Lewis Hamilton announced earlier this year the formation of The Hamilton Commission in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering that aims to identify barriers for black people looking to progress into the world of motorsport and form recommendations in how to overcome them.

The team said that the initiative would continue to be a source of inspiration for the Accelerate 25 programme, with Hamilton himself welcoming the forthcoming changes as a positive step.

“I am incredibly proud of my team as we reach the end of such an intense season,” he said.

“Not only have we made history on the track, but they have joined me in pushing for change off the track, by working to make our team and our sport more diverse.

“We have made some positive strides this year which I’m proud of, however we still have a long way to go and I know Accelerate 25 will give us the platform to deliver more meaningful change. I truly believe this will have a measurable and long-lasting impact on the face of sport for generations to come.”