41 organisations gain finalist status in the Race Equality Awards 2016

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, PwC and the Royal Air Force are among the organisatons that have been recognised for their commitment to increasing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the workplace by being named as a Finalist at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016.

The Awards are the only race equality at work awards in the UK and recognise organisations that are taking action towards race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces. In 2016, the Awards will be celebrating their tenth anniversary. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner, which will take place on 11th October 2016 at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all the Finalists at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016. They are creating a workplace culture which puts race equality at the heart of their activity and ensures that diverse talent has equal opportunity to succeed at every level. It’s encouraging to see that they are addressing the need to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, and I hope other organisations will learn and be inspired to action from their example.”

Adrian Joseph, Head of Analytics and Measurement Services EMEA, Google, and Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team Chair, said: “The Business in the Community Race Equality Awards Finalists have demonstrated that having a strong business case for diversity and inclusion in their workforce is key to creating real change. With research showing that the most ethnically diverse organisations are 35% more likely to outperform the least diverse, their focus on the benefits to employers of developing talent from all backgrounds offers a great example of how progress can be made, and I congratulate them on their success.” 

A full list of the Finalists is below:

  • Champion & Executive Sponsor Award: BNY Mellon; Department for Work & Pensions; HarperCollins; KPMG; Mitie; Royal Air Force
  • Developing Talent Award: American Express; Civil Service; Imperial College; MAMA Youth Project
  • Employee Network Award – Private Sector: AIG; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; HarperCollins; J.P. Morgan
  • Employee Network Award – Public Sector: BBC; Ministry of Defence; Network Rail
  • Future Workforce Award: Army; Reach Society; Sheffield Hallam University; Shell; Teach First
  • Inclusive Workplace Award: EY; Mott MacDonald; National Crime Agency; St Mungo’s
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent Award – Private Sector: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Hogan Lovells
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent Award – Public Sector: Cheshire Constabulary; Leicestershire Police; Rare; Rare/Police Now partnership; Royal Air Force
  • Role Models in the Workplace Award – Large Organisation: Deloitte; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; EY; PwC
  • Role Models in the Workplace Award – Small Organisation: HarperCollins; Pertemps; Rare; St Mungo’s

The winners will be announced at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards Gala Dinner, which takes place at the London Hilton Park Lane on Tuesday 11th October 2016.

For more information please contact Laura Cooney, Workplace Communications Officer, Business in the Community:
T: 020 7566 8653
E: laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk 



Notes to Editors

About Business in the Community 
The race equality campaign at Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network, is committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the UK.  

Business in the Community’s members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
Responsible business is about how a business makes its money not just how it spends its profit. It is about managing growth responsibly while reducing dependency on natural resources. It is about how the business operates as an employer, supplier and customer and how as a neighbour it helps to create vibrant communities where people can flourish.
With the encouragement of strong leadership, we are proving responsible business can be a force for positive change – and that tackling social and environmental issues can return financial value.
We are a business-led, issue focused charity with more than 30 years’ experience of mobilising business. We engage thousands of businesses through our programmes driven by our core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.

For more about Business in the Community visit: www.bitc.org.uk
For more about the race campaign visit: http://race.bitc.org.uk