Awards Showcase 2015

Welcome to the Race for Opportunity Awards 2015 showcase. This page features links to the winning and finalist award entries presented at the Awards Dinner 2015 October 2015.
The complete set of finalist cast studies are available in the '2015 Case Study Booklet', available to download on this page. 

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists at the Race for Opportunity Awards. They are thinking in terms of the complete talent pipeline by ensuring ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels, developing the diverse talent they attract and creating a reputation as a great place to work. Our winners and finalists offer excellent examples of best practice in this area and should be incredibly proud of this achievement.” 

The Champion & Executive Sponsor Award
Winner: Linklaters
Finalists:  EDF Energy /  EY /  Foreign and Commonwealth Office /  Hampshire Constabulary  
For one or more individual, demonstrating significant leadership within the workplace, in order to progress the race equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.  

The Shell Developing Talent Award
(Large Organisation)

Winner:  Northern Trust 
Highly commended:  
Finalists: Civil Service /  Home Office /  JP Morgan
For a programme or initiative which can be actively linked to developing the skills and talents of a BAME workforce and/or widening the talent pool of future leaders with high potential from diverse backgrounds through one or more of the following: 

  • talent strategies and talent pipeline management 
  • leadership development initiatives or programmes
  • mentoring and/or coaching
  • recognition and reward
  • promotion and sponsorship 
  • retention strategies.

The Shell Developing Talent Award
(Small Organisation)

Winner: Rare 
Finalist: Integrity Coaching

The Employee Network Award
(Public Sector)

Winner: The Armed Forces

Finalists:  Bank of England / Department for Work and Pensions
For any organisation with a race or cultural diversity employee network group.

The HSBC Employee Network Award (Private Sector)
Winner: Deloitte LLP
Finalists:  Barclays /  EDF Energy /  Hogan Lovells /  J.P. Morgan
For any organisation with a race or cultural diversity employee network group. 

The Google Future Workforce Award
Winner: The Royal Airforce

Finalist:  Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
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 by:

  • building sustainable partnerships with schools, further education,colleges and/or community organisations for young BAME people up to 24 years
  • bridging the gap between the classroom and the world of work, by creating inspiring learning and development opportunities.


The Recruiting Diverse Talent Award
Winner: Clifford Chance in partnership with Rare
Finalist:  Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
For a programme or initiative that widens the pool of BAME talent entering your workforce.  This can be an activity linked to outreach, attraction, assessment, interview and/or recruitment.  It can include internal and external partnerships with universities/colleges, charities and/or other organisations.  Examples may include apprenticeship, graduate and/or experienced hire recruitment.  This may also include examples of good practice in induction and innovative action to support the retention of new recruits.

The Transparency, Monitoring & Action Award 
Winner: Teach First

Finalist:  Brent Council
For a programme or initiative that recognises best practice in organisations that are leading in monitoring and evaluating the attraction, recruitment, progression, development, employee engagement, appraisal/performance ratings and retention of BAME employee in their workplace.