Press release: 11 employers win for race equality

11 public and private sector organisations have taken home wins for their leadership in creating equal and inclusive workplaces for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people at Business in the Community’s Race Equality Awards 2016. The Awards are part of Business in the Community’s race equality campaign.

The awards ceremony, hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White, took place last night (11th October 2016) at the Hilton Park Lane and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their 10th year, the Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all the winning organisations at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016. They have shown that they are ensuring BAME employees are represented at all levels within their organisation, developing the diverse talent they attract and strengthening the pipeline for the future. All the winners and finalists should be incredibly proud of their achievement, and I hope other employers will follow their lead.”

The 2016 winners are:

  • Champion & Executive Sponsor Award – Private Sector: Murray Raisbeck, KPMG
  • Champion & Executive Sponsor Award – Public Sector: Kevin Cunnington, Department for Work & Pensions
  • Developing Talent Award: MAMA Youth Project
  • Employee Network Award – Private Sector: HarperCollins
  • Employee Network Award – Public Sector: BBC
  • Future Workforce Award: Teach First
  • Inclusive Workplace Culture Award: St Mungo’s
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent Award – Private Sector: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent Award – Public Sector: Royal Air Force
  • Role Models in the Workplace Award – Large Organisation: Indi Hothi, EY
  • Role Models in the Workplace Award – Small Organisation: Joshua Oware, Rare

View the full list of the winners, highly commended and finalist organisations >>

Guests heard from Dr Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist at BT who spoke about the importance of diversity of thought in future work, Adrian Joseph, Chair of the Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team, and Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community.

There was also a Twitter takeover by I.C.U.C. on behalf of the global media group Dentsu Aegis Network, who managed the Business in the Community race equality campaign Twitter handle (@BITCRaceatwork) and the hashtag #RaceEqualityAwards, encouraging guests to share photos and inspiring moments from the evening.

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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
 
Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. The race equality campaign at Business in the Community is committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the UK.
 
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.

For more information about the race equality campaign, please visit: http://race.bitc.org.uk/