Race for Opportunity Awards 2014 Showcase


“Congratulations to all this year’s Race for Opportunity Awards winners and shortlisted organisations. At a time when ethnic minority people aren’t reflected at senior level and barriers to equal progression still exist, it’s hugely uplifting to see that so many organisations are serious about changing this by setting clear targets for increasing BAME representation and measuring their success in reaching these targets. Their work shows the positive impact of collaboration within and across organisations in attracting, retaining and progressing BAME talent, and I hope other employers will learn from their example.”
Sandra Kerr OBE, Director, Race for Opportunity



Welcome to the Race for Opportunity Awards 2014 showcase. This page features links to the winning, highly commended  and shortlisted award entries presented at the Awards Dinner 2014 September 23 2014, supported by EDF.
The complete set of shortlisted cast studies are available in the ' 2014 Case Study Booklet' available to download on this page.

1.Champion Award
For an individual demonstrating significant leadership within the workplace, in order to progress the race equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. This award is aimed at an individual whose primary job function is not in HR or diversity but who has shown leadership and a personal passion in this area. Race for Opportunity Board and Opportunity Now Board representatives are not eligible for this award.

Shortlisted: American Express / Citi / HSBC

2.Developing Talent Award- Attraction
This award recognises organisations who have developed processes, initiatives and programmes that aim to help young BAME people to prepare for and enter the UK workforce.

 Shortlisted: Rare

3. Developing Talent Award- Progression
This award recognises those organisations who are developing and implementing strategies to improve progression opportunities for their BAME employees thus ensuring that a strong BAME talent pipeline is evident within their workforce.

Shortlisted: Affinity Sutton / Morgan Stanley /
Partnership of 5 organisations: Imperial College London, Institute of Education,University of London, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London

4.Employee Network Award
Awarded to an organisation with a race or cultural diversity employee network that has had an impact on performance and innovation in the workplace.

Winner: EY
Highly Commended:Citi

Shortlisted: BP

5.Future Workforce Award (Large organisation)
This award recognises employers that are addressing the talent pool challenge by taking action to improve and enhance the employability skills and raising the aspiration and attainment of young BAME people.

Shortlisted: BT /  Cisco / Shell

6. Future Workforce Award (Small organisation)

Shortlisted: Generating Genius / SEO London 

7.Recruiting Diverse Talent Award
Awarded to an organisation for a programme that widens the pool of BAME talent entering the workforce.

Shortlisted: Eversheds / Hogan Lovells

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  Supporters of the Awards and Dinner 2014


8.Transparency, Monitoring and Action Award
Awarded to an organisation for a programme or initiative that recognises best practice in monitoring and evaluating the attraction, recruitment, progression, development, employee engagement, appraisal/performance ratings and retention of BAME employee in their workplace.

Shortlisted: Imperial College London / Nationwide