Race Equality Awards 2016



The Race Equality Awards 2016 are now closed for entry. 

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Why enter? 

Launched to celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces and to recognise exceptional progress within organisations, the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards  are the only awards that celebrate employers' who are committed to addressing the barriers faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in reaching their full potential. 
Consider entering in  2017 to celebrate your successes and gain third party recognition for your achievements and commitment. 


Key dates for 2016

Race Equality Awards Judging Panels

w/c 27 June  

First group of finalists presentations to judging panels

29 9:00 - 12:30 Developing Talent
29 1:00 - 5:00 Inclusive Workplace 
30 9:00 -12:30  Employee Network - Public Sector
30 1:00 - 5:00 Role Models - Small organisation

w/c 04 July    

Second group of finalists presentations to judging panels

5 9:00 - 12:30  Recruiting Diverse Talent - Public Sector
5 1:00 - 5:00 Recruiting Diverse Talent - Private Sector
6 9:00 - 12:30  Future Workforce
6 1:00 - 5:00 Employee Network - Private Sector
7 9:00 - 12:15 Role Models - Large organisation
7 1:00 - 5:30 Champion & Exec Sponsor:
This category has been split into Private / Public.  The sessions will run consecutively.

Tuesday 11
October 2016

Winners will be announced at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards Dinner, on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London W1


2016 Categories


Champion or Executive Award

For an individual demonstrating significant leadership in progressing the race equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.  More than 3,000 respondents to our Race at Work research shared their views on how leaders were promoting race equality within their organisations, indicating just how important this issue is to UK workplaces. The Race at Work research also showed that one in three employees work within an organisation where there is a senior level champion or sponsor on race.  We want to spotlight and celebrate these leaders.

This award is aimed at an individual whose primary job function is not in HR or diversity, but who has demonstrated leadership and a personal passion on the issue of race at work.

Please note: members of the Business in the Community race equality Leadership Team are not eligible for this award

Developing Talent Award

For a programme or initiative which can be actively linked to developing the skills and talents of your Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workforce and/or widening the talent pool for future leaders within the organisation. Our recent Race at Work research spotlighted opportunities for progression as hugely important to BAME employees and we are keen to celebrate examples of good practice in how employers are responding to this.  Please provide details of any fast track to management opportunities for BAME employees and examples of good practice.

This award recognises organisations that have developed processes, initiatives and programmes that aim to help their BAME workforce prepare to develop and progress within their organisation by recognising, rewarding and developing diverse talent resulting in an increased retention of in-house talent.

Employee Network Award

For any organisation with a race or multi-cultural diversity employee network group. Our recent Race at Work research highlighted that networking is very important to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees and our benchmarking data demonstrates that those with effective collaborations with their employee networks have larger percentages of BAME people in the workplace and at management levels.

It will be necessary to demonstrate how your network adds value to your business, the important role it has played in your Diversity & Inclusion agenda and the positive impact it has had on performance and innovation in the workplace. 

Future Workplace Award

This award is to recognise employers who are addressing the future talent pool challenge by taking action to improve the attraction, engagement and employability of young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

We are looking for programmes, actions or initiatives that engage effectively with schools, colleges, voluntary and local community organisations, universities and/or higher education to raise aspirations and support the preparation of young BAME people for work as part of the organisation’s future proofing of recruitment.  Young people are now being actively encouraged to obtain 100 hours or more work experience before they enter the world of work, yet it is critical that their engagement and experience with employers is meaningful and actively prepares them for employment.  More than 70% respondents of the Race at Work survey said work experience was important to enable them to gain employment.

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Inclusive Workplace Culture Award

This award recognises an organisation which is working to advance race equality within the workplace by creating inclusive working environments that recognise and value the talents and skills of different groups. Our recent Race at Work research revealed that Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities (BAME) employees are less likely to feel valued and included than their white colleagues, and we are keen to hear from organisations that are taking action to promote a more inclusive culture that enables BAME and other employees to thrive.

Recruiting Diverse Talent Award

For a programme or initiative that widens the pool of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent entering your workforce.    This can be activity linked to targeted outreach, increasing attraction, removing bias from assessment and ensuring no racial bias at interview and selection. 

We are looking for examples of:

  • effective collaboration with recruitment partners, which might include recruitment agencies, networks, universities, colleges, foundations, charities and/or other organisations, and the use of websites, social media and other technology
  • senior selection, specialist recruitment, apprenticeship, graduate and/or other experienced hire recruitment initiatives, as well as good practice in induction
  • any innovative action to safeguard the retention of the existing workforce and reduce attrition of new recruits
  • how your organisation monitors recruitment processes by ethnicity
  • how you have used this information to create targeted action or initiatives and reduce any possible racial bias from the recruitment process
  • any innovative pre-application support you may have initiated to increase the transparency of your recruitment and selection processes
  • how you have ensured the diversity of your selection panels
  • how you have evaluated your recruitment processes and implemented revisions to improve the recruitment results for BAME applicants
  • if you ensure that unsuccessful applications to your organisation receive feedback., tell us about any innovative ways of doing this.

Role Models in the Workplace Award

Our recent Race at Work research demonstrated that there is a need for more visibility of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) role models in the workplace to inspire those already in work and those looking for work.

This award recognises outstanding individuals or groups who have inspired their colleagues, either in their role within the organisation or by the example they have set.  Their actions could include creating partnerships between the organisation and local community and/or through their personal volunteering activities.   This award is suitable for an employee/s at middle management level or below   NOT a senior leader or member of an executive team* in the organisation or employee networks*.
*Please go to the Champion and Executive Sponsor Award or Employee Network Award category