June 21, 2024

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Prestigious Inclusive Awards celebrate 10 years as 2024 entries open

The 2024 Inclusive Awards – organised by Inclusive Companies – are open for entries. Celebrating their 10th year, the prestigious Inclusive Awards include eight categories that recognise individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond to achieve true diversity, inclusion, equality and equity in their workplace.

Showcasing the most ingenious, dedicated and inspirational displays of diverse culture, inclusive practices and workplace equity, the Inclusive Awards entries will be assessed by an experienced and diverse independent judging panel. They will be looking out for individuals and organisations who can demonstrate their achievements across all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. Nominations are sought from employers and employees working in a wide variety of sectors including private, public, education, charity and housing, to name but a few.

The 2023 individual award winners were Liz Douglas from Anglo American who won the Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award and Stuart Love from Westminster City Council who won the Chief Executive of the Year Award. Both large and small organisations won awards: Equality Leaders won the D&I Consultancy of the Year Award and HSBC UK Inclusion Team the Diversity Team of the Year Award. Metro Bank took home the Inclusive Culture Initiative Award while Aviva Origins secured the Outstanding Diversity Network Award. Finally, Migrant Leaders won the Social Mobility Project Award and myGwork received the D&I Tech Initiative Award.

“Looking back over the last 10 years since our first Inclusive Awards event, we have come a long way in terms of the policies and practices being implemented to achieve diversity, inclusion and equity,” says Paul Sesay, CEO of Inclusive Companies. “Every year, we present awards to brave individuals and truly committed management teams in recognition of them putting diversity and inclusion at the very heart of all they do.

“There is still more work to be done to drive home the diversity and inclusion message to all employers,” continues Paul. “I believe that by celebrating our winners’ outstanding work and achievements, the Inclusive Awards will encourage others to follow their example and inspire lasting change.”

2024 Inclusive Awards Categories and Timeline

The 2024 Inclusive Awards have eight categories as follows plus a Lifetime Achiever Award that is bestowed on an individual by the judging panel.  The deadline for entries is July 15, 2024. Shortlisted entrants will be announced in September with the winners revealed at the 2024 Inclusive Awards event later this year.

D&I Consultancy Award for innovative consultancies which focus on diversity and inclusion and offer bespoke strategies, training, advice and solutions to organisations looking to create an inclusive working culture.

Outstanding Diversity Network Award for the outstanding contribution of employee networks that have tackled issues internally or externally to influence change in the field of equality and diversity such as age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, faith or religion.

Inclusive Culture Initiative Award for inclusive culture initiatives across organisations with diversity at their core through internal initiative strategies, campaigns and resources that have been implemented to drive diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation.

Head of Diversity and Inclusion Award to recognise the achievements of individuals who have shown leadership, commitment and motivation, driving the diversity agenda throughout their company and wider community.

Chief Executive of the Year Award for chief executives who have shown personal commitment to the diversity and inclusion agenda, valuing the diversity of their employees and leading their organisation to become an inclusive employer.

D&I Tech Initiative Award to showcase innovation from inventions that are removing barriers for minority groups to tech solutions that can drive diversity and inclusivity to create change.

Social Mobility Project Award to highlight organisations which have developed and implemented projects to encourage social mobility and community involvement.

Diversity Teams Award to showcase teams across a variety of organisations that have shown outstanding dedication in diversity and inclusion to enhance the agenda within their businesses.

Lifetime Achiever Award is awarded by the judging panel to an individual who has devoted a major portion of their professional life to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, making significant innovative and cumulatively outstanding contributions to the cause.

 

Entering the Inclusive Awards

To see the full list of categories and to enter the Inclusive Awards visit https://inclusiveawards.co.uk/nominations-home/

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Inclusive Awards 2023 Winners Celebrating 05.12.2023 – PHOTO CREDIT Laura Ashman