MRS Unlimited: striving for barrier-free inclusivity

Only 23% of disabled people, and 21% with any form of physical or mental health condition or neurodiversity believe that they have the same opportunities as everybody else in the market industry, and that they are rewarded fairly. This means that around four out of every five people in this category feel they – and other market researchers with disabilities - are discriminated against.

MRS Unlimited is a new network to help create barrier-free inclusivity for people with physical disabilities and neurodiversity.

Workplace discrimination: What can you do?

The latest annual survey into DI&E by MRS shows that more than half of people who took part[1] have experienced or witnessed some form of overt discrimination[2]

Developing best practice and MRS Code requirements

MRS is committed to providing the research practitioners with the necessary tools to ensure inclusive research, insight and data collection. In line with this, these guidelines and updates are available or currently being worked on. 

What can we do to increase inclusion? Ten key takeaways from the most diverse MRS conference ever

The recent MRS conference, Impact 2021, was the most diverse and inclusive ever, both in terms of the amount of content around diversity, inclusion and equality (DI&E), and the profile of the speakers who took part. Find out more.

CEO Inclusion Pledge Progress Report 2020

Vanella Jackson, Global CEO of Hall & Partners and the MRS Diversity, Inclusion & Equality Council member who leads on the CEO Pledge, introduces a report on the initiative’s progress. See the report.

MRSpride Stars: Mon Kowaczyk

Ipsos MORI Pride Co-Chair Mon shares their hopes for a future-fit research world that is fully inclusive of marginalised voices.

Read the blog.


View a full recording of MRSpride’s first trans insight summit, with contributions from Mermaids and Channel for amongst other.

New OUTsights podcast

The OUTsights hosts talk to some of the founders of the Colour of Research (CORe) network and the Football Association. MRSpride Stars: Mon Kowaczyk Ipsos MORI Pride Co-Chair Mon shares their hopes for a future-fit research world that is fully inclusive of marginalised voices.



Inclusion Pledge Panel

Research sector leaders discuss their progress since signing the MRS Inclusion Pledge, including Amy Cashman (Kantar), Ben Page (Ipsos MORI), Steve Phillips (Zappi), Bob Qureshi (i-view Studios) and Warren Saunders (GfK).

Mind the diversity gap

Is the research sector a good place for women or people from minority groups to work? Most companies have diversity, inclusion and equality policies, but having a policy doesn’t mean that discrimination isn’t happening.

Read the full article.

Mentoring and apprenticeships

To back up the CEO Pledge and provide more practical support MRS has introduced within the MRS mentoring scheme the option for BAME matching, supported bursaries for professional qualifications via the MRBA, and we are in the final stage of completing an apprenticeship scheme to provide an alternative to the generally university based entry routes to the sector.

Inclusion, diversity and equality research and report 2020 

A new report has found widespread recognition of diversity and inclusion challenges within the market and social research sector and an appetite for change. 

Click here to download Diversity, inclusion and equality in the market research sector, 2020 by Dr Marie-Claude Gervais, co-founder of Versiti, in partnership with Kantar.

IJMR lecture: Covid-19 and race: protecting data or saving lives?

The principal argument put forward in this IJMR lecture, delivered June 2020 by Richard Webber and Trevor Phillips, is that the interests of Britain’s ethnic minority population are no longer being served by many of the restrictions that apply to the collection and analysis of data relating to race. IJMR is the International Journal of Market Research, published by MRS.

Watch the lecture: Covid-19 and race: protecting data or saving lives?

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