HSBC UK are founding partners of Investing in Ethnicity and the Ethnicity Awards.


Network Group (ERG) Category

Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a diversified financial services group providing specialist, global expertise in areas such as infrastructure, energy and commodities. Founded in Sydney Australia in 1969, the group now operates in 32 markets globally.

Macquarie has been an active investor in the UK for over 30 years, employing around 2,000 directly with a further 16,000 employed through the businesses we manage. We focus on innovation, careful risk management and delivering sustained long-term value for our clients, partners, investors, staff and the broader communities in which we operate.

We recognise that equity, success and personal empowerment must be available to all our people as a right, not a privilege, and we must continue our efforts both outside and within the workplace to build a future that secures these rights for everyone.

You can discover more about Macquarie at https://www.macquarie.com/uk/en/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html

Legal & General

Charity or Community Initiative

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With over £1.24 trillion in total assets under management, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income.

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Inspirational Leader

ViacomCBS Networks international (VCNI) is home to the world’s most iconic entertainment brands, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Network, Channel 5, Network 10, Telefe, Viacom 18 and Pluto TV.

VCNI’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a movement, not a moment – we are tackling racial representation head-on with several new and existing measures, such as our VCNI Race & Equity Task Forces, which work across three broad areas – Programming & Audience, Creative & Talent and Employee Inclusion – to develop new initiatives that help drive business-wide change.

We are continuing to work with a variety of external partners to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees in the UK, and to make sure that ViacomCBS is an inclusive destination for BAME talent.

We have implemented a ‘no diversity, no commission’ policy across VCNI, alongside in-house opportunities for BAME talent through a sponsorship programme and a ‘Promotion Opportunity Project’ for those in production.

Fundamentally, we value our people, and we work to weave diversity and inclusion into our DNA. By keeping transparency and accountability at the heart of our inclusion strategy, we champion a values-driven approach that embeds diversity, equity and inclusion into every aspect of our operations.

ViacomCBS Inclusion 

ViacomCBS UK Careers



Outstanding Contribution

Lloyd's Banking Group

Champion (Ally)


Inspirational Personality

National Grid

Workplace Hero

National Grid is one of the largest listed utilities in the world, with operations in the UK and the US, and 23,069 employees worldwide.  It lies at the heart of the transforming energy system, playing a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use.

The power of our business lies in our people. Their expertise and dedication enables us to deliver to our customers. We are dedicated to supporting their ongoing development, wellbeing and to encouraging inclusion and diversity in the workplace, because we believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work to allow them to achieve their full potential.


Supporting Sponsor

Arcadis is the world’s leading company delivering sustainable design engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and build assets. We are more than 27,000 people, in over 70 countries, dedicated to improving quality of life.

With sustainability at the heart of everything we do, our focus is on maximizing our impact aimed at improving quality of life. The solutions we develop address important societal challenges around resilience, place, and mobility. Leveraging data and technology, we have the capabilities and services to meet client demands driven by global trends such as urbanization, climate change, digitalization, evolving stakeholder expectations, and potential unforeseeable events.


We care for each other and create a safe, respectful, and inclusive working environment where our talented, passionate and diverse people can grow, perform and succeed.


Supporting Sponsor

BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies. We serve the needs of customers in the UK and in 180 countries worldwide. We have a bold Diversity and Inclusion strategy that aims to ensure our business reflects the communities and societies in which we operate. BT’s Ethnic Diversity Network is one of our ten People Networks, supported by Executive Sponsor Marc Allera, BT Consumer CEO & Chaired by Bernadette Kisaalu, Principal Lawyer at BT.

The Network is dedicated to empower and amplify the voices of BT’s racially diverse communities, and is a strategic partner to the business. The Network influenced BT’s ExCo to develop BT’s Ethnicity Rapid Action Plan (ERAP) that aims to boost ethnic diversity at BT through four rapid action commitments: Accelerating diversity within, Educating and empowering our people, Leading by example and Building transparency.

We recognise the importance of supporting diverse talent especially at entry level so for the past five years we’ve supported an annual leadership programme delivered by the Aleto Foundation – a social mobility charity that provides employability training for young talent from predominantly Black, African and ethnic minority backgrounds. This year we collaborated with Aleto to successfully deliver a virtual leadership programme to support approximately 100 delegates.

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