Diversity and Inclusion Awards

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Emma Turnbull

Managing Consultant, Boost Awards

The importance of celebrating diversity and inclusion strategy through awards 

Diversity and Inclusion has probably never been so much at the forefront of business priorities. Through the inward lens of diversity, be it race, gender, sexuality, social mobility or age, there are many facets to the creation of a diverse workplace. What can sometimes be harder, is then making that workplace inclusive.

When equality, diversity and inclusion are present, businesses can reap the rewards:

  • The business will become more successful.
  • Employees will be invested, motivated and contented.
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination will be eliminated.
  • Customers will receive a diverse service.
  • The company’s reputation and brand will be enhanced.
  • Staff retention will improve.
  • Quality workers will be attracted.
  • The organisation will become an employer of choice.

For example, McKinsey & Company’s (2020) latest diversity and inclusion report into ethnic and gender diversity shows an increasing correlation between being in the top quartile for diversity and financial outperformance.

Understanding diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) – also now referred to as Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – all go hand in hand, although members of the same family they are most definitely different from one another. This means that organisations need to consider all of them in their people practices and strategies.

  • Diversity – the range of people in the workforce will be diverse. There will be a good mix of genders, ages, religions, sexual preferences, cultures and disabilities. These differences will be valued, not discriminated against.
  • Inclusion – everyone feels valued. They will feel free to express personal opinions and ideas, discussing any problem areas with management and removing the presence of bullying, harassment and discrimination.
  • Equality – all people will be treated fairly, irrespective of differences.

What’s particularly important to consider is the concept of intersectionality – people may be part of more than one group that is subject to discrimination: minority race and LGBT+; older and caregiver; younger and trans; female and disabled, for example. The compounding effect of intersectionality means that people may be discriminated against in multiple ways and for multiple reasons.

Good D&I decisions benefit workers, wider society, and organisations. Any business case for diversity must consider the potential positive outcomes for individuals, such as impact on well-being, and balance them with business outcomes.

By feeling included, employees feel less stressed and are less likely to have negative emotions towards their employer. A greater diversity of voices are heard throughout an organisation encouraging a melting pot of free thinking that breeds blue-sky ideas.

These benefits can be further enhanced through the application for and winning of awards to celebrate your D&I successes. But which awards?

diversity and inclusion awards

“You have fantastic internal D&I initiatives, great communications, senior buy-in and measurable impacts within the business and beyond. Why not celebrate your D&I initiatives with your colleagues and grow your reputation?”

Which diversity and inclusion awards should I enter?

Why should you enter D&I awards? The answer is quite simply, why wouldn’t you? You are proud of what you do. You have fantastic internal D&I initiatives, great communications, senior buy-in and measurable impacts within the business and beyond. Why not celebrate your D&I initiatives with your colleagues and grow your reputation?

But what are the best D&I awards to enter, well that is where we are here to help. We can help match your objectives and initiatives to the best awards for you. Below I will outline some of the key schemes for you to consider…

Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion

Indices and rankings allow a benchmarking mechanism against others, not only those in your own industry, but all. They also supply you with insights, areas of improvement or growth and ideas. For many companies, big or small, featuring in these are not a nice to have, they are a must to ensure they are promoting their inclusion, diversity and equality on multiple levels , in order to attract and retain the best talent as well as consumer recognition. Annual inclusion is a must, if you don’t apply, you will be missed!

We have helped many businesses climb the index rankings (some by +50 places) through consideration of initiatives, evaluation of the impacts and advising on additional steps that can be taken to improve this time and the next – thanks to our extensive knowledge and experience.

Examples of these D&I indices and rankings include:

Social Mobility Employer Index

Research has consistently shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs and that employers tend to disproportionately employ graduates who went to private schools and elite universities.

The aim of the Social Mobility Employer Index is to encourage Britain’s employers to share the actions they are taking to ensure they are accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds, their initiatives and show-casing their progress in becoming more inclusive employers.

At around 8,000 words and a host of closed data questions, the Index is an important bench-marking initiative – revealing best practice highlighting which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.

Entries for the 2021 cycle are open until 28th May 2021.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/index/ 

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Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall UK and Global Workplace Equality Indices are the definitive benchmarks for employers to measure their LGBT+ workplace inclusion achievements and progress.

Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. Alongside a staff survey, the entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more. I am personally very experienced helping organisations to successfully apply, so you may find my specific Stonewall Index article useful or please contact me directly if you require help.   

The 2021 UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index opens in June and closes in September, while The Stonewall Global Index open in November 2021 and closes early March 2022. 

Eligible region: UK and International schemes

Links: UK https://www.stonewall.org.uk/creating-inclusive-workplaces/workplace-equality-indices/uk-workplace-equality-index
Global https://www.stonewall.org.uk/global-workplace-equality-index 
 

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community (BITC) is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Prince Charles, a fact which adds to the credibility of this popular scheme. The Responsible Business Awards are BITC’s annual celebration of businesses that are making a significant impact in eight responsible business areas. The entry can be time consuming, requiring a lot of organisational data plus a 2,50-word written entry. These areas include the:

  • Race Equality Award – for businesses who recognise that having inclusive workplaces reflect the rich diversity of talent in the UK. They also ensure all recruitment processes are free from discrimination, racial bias and attract diverse talent.
  • Age Equality Award – These businesses are demonstrating a strong commitment to an aging workforce. Responding to the opportunities and challenges involved in an ageing workforce and creating workplaces where people of all ages can thrive.
  • Outstanding Employment Award – Awarded to businesses who are removing barriers to work and helping people to thrive in their professions and careers.

Plus, BITC’s other flagship scheme – The Times Top 50 Employers for Women – feeds into the Gender Equality Award (see below).

Entries are yet to open for 2021, but the previous deadline was near the end of February. Organisers say the format is changing for 2021 and will open later in the year. 

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.bitc.org.uk/responsible-business-awards-2020/

 

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women

Organisations listed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women are committed to gender equality in the workplace and have each taken action to make this happen. The list celebrates outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact, innovation, and individual achievement.

The comprehensive entry consists of three parts:

  • Organisational Data (a series of questions gathering gender metrics).
  • Question set (the 3,500-word main written entry).
  • Mandatory case study (1,000 words).

Although these awards are free to enter, please be aware that following assessment and once the Top 50 list has been identified, there will be a promotion fee of £1250 + VAT in order to be included in the list.

Entries open in September with an end of November deadline.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.bitc.org.uk/the-times-top-50-employers-for-women/

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Inclusive Companies Top 50 Employers and Awards

This league table of the most inclusive employers in the UK shines a light on best practice across all strands of diversity – age, disability, gender, LGBT+, race, faith and religion. It focusses on representation at management, senior, executive and board level, as well as inclusive cultures at work and within communities.

The unveiling of the list will take place at the Inclusive Companies Awards ceremony. The Inclusive Companies Awards rewards organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce, thus recognising the significant efforts of organisations nationwide that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity. Focussing on leading diversity champions, significant role models and extraordinary employees that have displayed motivation, innovation and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

To enter the list, you will need to become an Inclusive Companies member – this gives you access to exclusive D&I events, networking and the survey for benchmarking. The awards are open and free to enter for 2021 with a closing date of 6th August.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: http://www.inclusivecompanies.co.uk/awards/

Many of the broader “best places to work” Indices and Rankings include sections that examine your Inclusion and Diversity through staff surveys and benchmarking questions. (see below).

Being a diversity and inclusion role model

Having visible role models at all levels of a company and across a range of different roles is vital to show that anything can be achieved while remaining visible and vocal about your true self. With powerful and visible role models providing concrete evidence and inspiration for what can be achieved within business, minority talent are able to see themselves in the leadership of the future. Some of the awards that celebrate and highlight role models include:

The EMpower, HERoes and OUTstanding Role Model Lists showcase and celebrate:

  • Executives
  • Future Leaders
  • Advocates

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists showcase business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard to smash the ceiling for ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and people of colour in the United States and Canada.

The HERoes Women Role Model Lists highlight leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace.

diversity awards role models

“By feeling included, employees feel less stressed and are less likely to have negative emotions towards their employer. A greater diversity of voices are heard throughout an organisation encouraging a melting pot of free thinking that breeds blue-sky ideas.”

The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people and allies in the business community.

EMpower deadline is usually January, HERoes in July and OUTstanding in September.

The UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMO’s) are about making the advancement of social mobility a key part of how organisations are run in this country.

The SOMOs themselves are a unique set of awards that have been specifically established to recognise and encourage action that will promote and increase social mobility within Britain’s companies and institutions. These awards elevate social mobility as a cause equal to the level of other diversity issues.

The SOMO’s open in April and close 25th June 2021.

The National Diversity Awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured, showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus, embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

The National Diversity Awards usually close in May with the event in Sept – this year will see two events with the postponed 2020 ceremony happening 16th April 2021.

D&I impacts business wide 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives impact across the business and there are plenty of awards categories that look at these, for example:

  • The PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards have categories that look at;
    • Inclusion and Diversity Programmes.
    • Health & Wellbeing.
    • Organisation Development Initiatives.
  • Inspiring Workplaces believe in recognising and shaping businesses that want to inspire positive change in the world. These awards are split by EMEA, North America and Australasia editions,  and include categories such as;
    • Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion.
    • Inspiring Culture.
    • Inspiring Experience.
  • The Personnel Today Awards is incredibly competitive and celebrate excellence in HR and Learning and Development. The categories include;
    • Diversity & Inclusion.
    • Family Friendly Employer.
    • Health & Wellbeing.

There are also indices that evaluate your whole business, the best recognised being The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For scheme. It is extremely competitive, and UK-only – usually with a September registration deadline, but due to the pandemic, this has been pushed back to Jan 2021.

Run by Best Companies, there are several different league tables for different sectors and company sizes (minimum 50 employees), and a few additional awards too. Companies can also be recognised regionally.

The process involves a thorough survey and a huge written entry – increased this year to around 10,000 words – to cover your work with employees over the pandemic, your inclusion and diversity strategy, and gender and pay.

Read more in our comprehensive guide to entering great employer and best places to work schemes.  

There are of course even more diversity and inclusion awards to consider, these include but are not limited to:

Industry-specific Diversity and Inclusion awards 

Alongside the broader cross-industry D&I awards we’ve spoken about already, there are of course sector and industry specific awards that you can enter. There are more than I can list, but here are some of the most well-known;

Help entering diversity and inclusion awards

Entering any awards can be a time-consuming and daunting task, especially when some of the key index’s entries are over 10,000 words.

We’ve been helping businesses enter and climb through the D&I rankings since 2006 – some up more than 50 places in a year into the top ten – and helping our clients to win sector and industry-wide D&I awards. Not only can we do all the work on the entries, but we also continue on the journey with you, suggesting changes to implement either for the entry or after for the following year – helping continuous improvement in your D&I strategy and initiatives. We are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards and rankings.

We can also help you gather the necessary data and measurable impacts to ensure your entry stands above the crowd. Through our award-winning sister company Boost Evaluation we can offer a range of services, including employee engagement surveys, research and a real-time D&I tool. Visit https://boost-evaluation.co.uk/  

I have personally helped companies enter and win many of the awards outlined above and would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can email me directly at emma.turnbull@boost-awards.co.uk 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients, from SMEs to Multinationals, win over 1,500 credible business awards, including many of the Diversity and Inclusion awards and indices listed. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

 

(C) This article was written by Emma Turnbull and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards.

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Diversity and Inclusion Awards

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Emma Turnbull

Managing Consultant, Boost Awards

The importance of celebrating diversity and inclusion strategy through awards 

Diversity and Inclusion has probably never been so much at the forefront of business priorities. Through the inward lens of diversity, be it race, gender, sexuality, social mobility or age, there are many facets to the creation of a diverse workplace. What can sometimes be harder, is then making that workplace inclusive.

When equality, diversity and inclusion are present, businesses can reap the rewards:

  • The business will become more successful.
  • Employees will be invested, motivated and contented.
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination will be eliminated.
  • Customers will receive a diverse service.
  • The company’s reputation and brand will be enhanced.
  • Staff retention will improve.
  • Quality workers will be attracted.
  • The organisation will become an employer of choice.

For example, McKinsey & Company’s (2020) latest diversity and inclusion report into ethnic and gender diversity shows an increasing correlation between being in the top quartile for diversity and financial outperformance.

Understanding diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) – also now referred to as Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – all go hand in hand, although members of the same family they are most definitely different from one another. This means that organisations need to consider all of them in their people practices and strategies.

  • Diversity – the range of people in the workforce will be diverse. There will be a good mix of genders, ages, religions, sexual preferences, cultures and disabilities. These differences will be valued, not discriminated against.
  • Inclusion – everyone feels valued. They will feel free to express personal opinions and ideas, discussing any problem areas with management and removing the presence of bullying, harassment and discrimination.
  • Equality – all people will be treated fairly, irrespective of differences.

What’s particularly important to consider is the concept of intersectionality – people may be part of more than one group that is subject to discrimination: minority race and LGBT+; older and caregiver; younger and trans; female and disabled, for example. The compounding effect of intersectionality means that people may be discriminated against in multiple ways and for multiple reasons.

Good D&I decisions benefit workers, wider society, and organisations. Any business case for diversity must consider the potential positive outcomes for individuals, such as impact on well-being, and balance them with business outcomes.

By feeling included, employees feel less stressed and are less likely to have negative emotions towards their employer. A greater diversity of voices are heard throughout an organisation encouraging a melting pot of free thinking that breeds blue-sky ideas.

These benefits can be further enhanced through the application for and winning of awards to celebrate your D&I successes. But which awards?

diversity and inclusion awards

“You have fantastic internal D&I initiatives, great communications, senior buy-in and measurable impacts within the business and beyond. Why not celebrate your D&I initiatives with your colleagues and grow your reputation?”

Which diversity and inclusion awards should I enter?

Why should you enter D&I awards? The answer is quite simply, why wouldn’t you? You are proud of what you do. You have fantastic internal D&I initiatives, great communications, senior buy-in and measurable impacts within the business and beyond. Why not celebrate your D&I initiatives with your colleagues and grow your reputation?

But what are the best D&I awards to enter, well that is where we are here to help. We can help match your objectives and initiatives to the best awards for you. Below I will outline some of the key schemes for you to consider…

Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion

Indices and rankings allow a benchmarking mechanism against others, not only those in your own industry, but all. They also supply you with insights, areas of improvement or growth and ideas. For many companies, big or small, featuring in these are not a nice to have, they are a must to ensure they are promoting their inclusion, diversity and equality on multiple levels , in order to attract and retain the best talent as well as consumer recognition. Annual inclusion is a must, if you don’t apply, you will be missed!

We have helped many businesses climb the index rankings (some by +50 places) through consideration of initiatives, evaluation of the impacts and advising on additional steps that can be taken to improve this time and the next – thanks to our extensive knowledge and experience.

Examples of these D&I indices and rankings include: 

 

Social Mobility Employer Index

Research has consistently shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs and that employers tend to disproportionately employ graduates who went to private schools and elite universities.

The aim of the Social Mobility Employer Index is to encourage Britain’s employers to share the actions they are taking to ensure they are accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds, their initiatives and show-casing their progress in becoming more inclusive employers.

At around 8,000 words and a host of closed data questions, the Index is an important bench-marking initiative – revealing best practice highlighting which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.

Entries for the 2021 cycle are open until 28th May 2021.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/index/ 

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Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall UK and Global Workplace Equality Indices are the definitive benchmarks for employers to measure their LGBT+ workplace inclusion achievements and progress.

Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. Alongside a staff survey, the entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more. I am personally very experienced helping organisations to successfully apply, so you may find my specific Stonewall Index article useful or please contact me directly if you require help.   

The 2021 UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index opens in June and closes in September, while The Stonewall Global Index open in November 2021 and closes early March 2022. 

Eligible region: UK and International schemes

Links: UK https://www.stonewall.org.uk/creating-inclusive-workplaces/workplace-equality-indices/uk-workplace-equality-index
Global https://www.stonewall.org.uk/global-workplace-equality-index 
 

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community (BITC) is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Prince Charles, a fact which adds to the credibility of this popular scheme. The Responsible Business Awards are BITC’s annual celebration of businesses that are making a significant impact in eight responsible business areas. The entry can be time consuming, requiring a lot of organisational data plus a 2,50-word written entry. These areas include the:

  • Race Equality Award – for businesses who recognise that having inclusive workplaces reflect the rich diversity of talent in the UK. They also ensure all recruitment processes are free from discrimination, racial bias and attract diverse talent.
  • Age Equality Award – These businesses are demonstrating a strong commitment to an aging workforce. Responding to the opportunities and challenges involved in an ageing workforce and creating workplaces where people of all ages can thrive.
  • Outstanding Employment Award – Awarded to businesses who are removing barriers to work and helping people to thrive in their professions and careers.

Plus, BITC’s other flagship scheme – The Times Top 50 Employers for Women – feeds into the Gender Equality Award (see below).

Entries are yet to open for 2021, but the previous deadline was near the end of February. Organisers say the format is changing for 2021 and will open later in the year. 

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.bitc.org.uk/responsible-business-awards-2020/

 

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 

Organisations listed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women are committed to gender equality in the workplace and have each taken action to make this happen. The list celebrates outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact, innovation, and individual achievement.

The comprehensive entry consists of three parts:

  • Organisational Data (a series of questions gathering gender metrics).
  • Question set (the 3,500-word main written entry).
  • Mandatory case study (1,000 words).

Although these awards are free to enter, please be aware that following assessment and once the Top 50 list has been identified, there will be a promotion fee of £1250 + VAT in order to be included in the list.

Entries open in September with an end of November deadline.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: https://www.bitc.org.uk/the-times-top-50-employers-for-women/

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Inclusive Companies Top 50 Employers and Awards 

This league table of the most inclusive employers in the UK shines a light on best practice across all strands of diversity – age, disability, gender, LGBT+, race, faith and religion. It focusses on representation at management, senior, executive and board level, as well as inclusive cultures at work and within communities.

The unveiling of the list will take place at the Inclusive Companies Awards ceremony. The Inclusive Companies Awards rewards organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce, thus recognising the significant efforts of organisations nationwide that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity. Focussing on leading diversity champions, significant role models and extraordinary employees that have displayed motivation, innovation and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

To enter the list, you will need to become an Inclusive Companies member – this gives you access to exclusive D&I events, networking and the survey for benchmarking. The awards are open and free to enter for 2021 with a closing date of 6th August.

Eligible Region: UK

Link: http://www.inclusivecompanies.co.uk/awards/

Many of the broader “best places to work” Indices and Rankings include sections that examine your Inclusion and Diversity through staff surveys and benchmarking questions. (see below).

Being a diversity and inclusion role model

Having visible role models at all levels of a company and across a range of different roles is vital to show that anything can be achieved while remaining visible and vocal about your true self. With powerful and visible role models providing concrete evidence and inspiration for what can be achieved within business, minority talent are able to see themselves in the leadership of the future. Some of the awards that celebrate and highlight role models include:

The EMpower, HERoes and OUTstanding Role Model Lists showcase and celebrate:

  • Executives
  • Future Leaders
  • Advocates

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists showcase business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard to smash the ceiling for ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and people of colour in the United States and Canada.

The HERoes Women Role Model Lists highlight leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace.

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“By feeling included, employees feel less stressed and are less likely to have negative emotions towards their employer. A greater diversity of voices are heard throughout an organisation encouraging a melting pot of free thinking that breeds blue-sky ideas.”

The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people and allies in the business community.

EMpower deadline is usually January, HERoes in July and OUTstanding in September.

The UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMO’s) are about making the advancement of social mobility a key part of how organisations are run in this country.

The SOMOs themselves are a unique set of awards that have been specifically established to recognise and encourage action that will promote and increase social mobility within Britain’s companies and institutions. These awards elevate social mobility as a cause equal to the level of other diversity issues.

The SOMO’s open in April and close 25th June.

The National Diversity Awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured, showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus, embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

The National Diversity Awards usually close in May with the event in Sept – this year will see two events with the postponed 2020 ceremony happening 16th April 2021.

D&I impacts business wide 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives impact across the business and there are plenty of awards categories that look at these, for example:

  • The PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards have categories that look at;
    • Inclusion and Diversity Programmes.
    • Health & Wellbeing.
    • Organisation Development Initiatives.
  • Inspiring Workplaces believe in recognising and shaping businesses that want to inspire positive change in the world. These awards are split by EMEA, North America and Australasia editions,  and include categories such as;
    • Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion.
    • Inspiring Culture.
    • Inspiring Experience.
  • The Personnel Today Awards is incredibly competitive and celebrate excellence in HR and Learning and Development. The categories include;
    • Diversity & Inclusion.
    • Family Friendly Employer.
    • Health & Wellbeing.

There are also indices that evaluate your whole business, the best recognised being The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For scheme. It is extremely competitive, and UK-only – usually with a September registration deadline, but due to the pandemic, this has been pushed back to Jan 2021.

Run by Best Companies, there are several different league tables for different sectors and company sizes (minimum 50 employees), and a few additional awards too. Companies can also be recognised regionally.

The process involves a thorough survey and a huge written entry – increased this year to around 10,000 words – to cover your work with employees over the pandemic, your inclusion and diversity strategy, and gender and pay.

Read more in our comprehensive guide to entering great employer and best places to work schemes.  

There are of course even more diversity and inclusion awards to consider, these include but are not limited to:

Industry-specific Diversity and Inclusion awards 

Alongside the broader cross-industry D&I awards we’ve spoken about already, there are of course sector and industry specific awards that you can enter. There are more than I can list, but here are some of the most well-known;

Help entering diversity and inclusion awards

Entering any awards can be a time-consuming and daunting task, especially when some of the key index’s entries are over 10,000 words.

We’ve been helping businesses enter and climb through the D&I rankings since 2006 – some up more than 50 places in a year into the top ten – and helping our clients to win sector and industry-wide D&I awards. Not only can we do all the work on the entries, but we also continue on the journey with you, suggesting changes to implement either for the entry or after for the following year – helping continuous improvement in your D&I strategy and initiatives. We are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards and rankings.

We can also help you gather the necessary data and measurable impacts to ensure your entry stands above the crowd. Through our award-winning sister company Boost Evaluation we can offer a range of services, including employee engagement surveys, research and a real-time D&I tool. Visit https://boost-evaluation.co.uk/  

I have personally helped companies enter and win many of the awards outlined above and would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can email me directly at emma.turnbull@boost-awards.co.uk 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients, from SMEs to Multinationals, win over 1,500 credible business awards, including many of the Diversity and Inclusion awards and indices listed. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

 

(C) This article was written by Rebecca Carpenter and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards.

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