Top employers win at UK race equality awards

Eight public and private sector organisations have been recognised for their leadership in creating equal and inclusive workplaces for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people at the Race for Opportunity Awards 2015.

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by ITV News anchor Charlene White, took place last night (6th October 2015) at the Hilton Park Lane during the Race for Opportunity 20th Anniversary Dinner and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their ninth year, the Awards recognise 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 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.” 

Adrian Joseph, Head of Analytics and Measurement Services EMEA, Google, and Chair of the Business in the Community Race at Work Leadership Team, said: “I’d like to congratulate the Race for Opportunity Awards winners and finalists on their success. With one in five of the UK population projected to come from a BAME background by 2051, there is an urgent need for employers to reinforce their commitment to diversity and inclusion and to encourage the development of talent at every level. The Race for Opportunity Awards winners and finalists are doing just that and I hope other organisations will follow their lead on this issue.”

Listed below are the 2015 Award winners:

  • Champion & Executive Sponsor Award: Paulette Mastin, Counsel, Linklaters
  • Shell Developing Talent Award – Large Organisation: Northern Trust
  • Shell Developing Talent Award – Small Organisation: Rare
  • HSBC Employee Network Award – Private Sector: Deloitte
  • Employee Network Award – Public Sector: The Armed Forces
  • Google Future Workforce Award: Royal Air Force
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent Award: Rare and Clifford Chance
  • Transparency, Monitoring & Action Award: Teach First

View the full list of the winners and finalist organisations >>

The evening featured interviews with Adrian Joseph, Director, Enterprise Analytics Services, Google,  Nishma Gosrani, Multi - Cultural Co- Sponsor, Director, Consulting, Deloitte  and Daryl Scales, Vice President of Finance for Europe, Enterprise Rent -a - Car. Entertainment for the evening came from the Endurance Steel Orchestra.  Guests also heard from Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community and Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community.