ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Ethnicity Awards celebrates individuals and organisations that support Black, Asian and diverse Ethnic communities. We recognise those who work tirelessly –within the public eye, in politics and in the workplace – to make a positive impact on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Since the Ethnicity Awards began in 2018, we have been working with organisations and individuals to drive ethnic inclusion.
While the discourse around racial equality in the workplace has increased, these figures show that there is still much work to be done.
All our winners have made fantastic strides towards progress in these areas. In 2021, we have recorded over 50,000 votes across all categories, showing that more than ever that our community wishes to celebrate the work done by our nominees to progress the ethnicity agenda.
We hope our nominees and winners inspire and motivate everyone to progress the cause even further.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Ethnicity Awards showcases individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the progress of inclusion of marginalised ethnic groups.
Our inclusive awards engages those who ensure equality, opportunity and fair treatment for all, regardless of ethnic background. The awards together communities, businesses and individuals to support a diverse Britain where everyone feels they can belong.
INCLUSION & BELONGING
We value inclusion at all levels. To us, inclusion is an active verb that involves taking the time to seek out under-represented voices. If there’s a voice or perspective missing from a conversation, we make sure it’s heard.
We value growth through listening and learning. We understand that everyone is on a journey. If we learn from mistakes and can accept that different perspectives exist, that’s progress we can be proud of.
We will achieve more if we are working on common goals together. We value that not everyone will have the same experiences or identify in the same way, but uniting different areas of society around common goals will create more impactful change.
We can achieve more if we work on common goals together. Sometimes this means collaborating with others, or even putting other organisations in contact so that they can help each other. We understand that no one can work in a vacuum and by helping each other, we can achieve more.
We love to shine a light on those that are doing impressive work. From platforming role models to showcasing future leaders, we shout about successes because it is inspirational and demonstrates to others what can be done.
About our work…
Since 2016, Investing in Ethnicity has worked with organisations to progress ethnic inclusion and equity within their workplace and drive positive change to their supply chain and for their customers.
Investing in Ethnicity are secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Governance and Inclusive Leadership, which partner on the Maturity Matrix. Read our full report.
Our Investing in Ethnicity membership programme has grown significantly, with many organisations investing in the support of their ethnic minority colleagues. Similarly, support and attendance of the Ethnicity Awards is testament to the inspiring commitment for change that we see from the companies we work with.
The judging process for corporate categories, apart from Inclusive Employer, means that winners are independently chosen by an expert panel, without any input from the organisers. The winners are decided through a structured judging process, and the decisions made at the judges meeting are final. The Inclusive Employer Top 10s and winners are chosen based on their completion of and scoring on the Investing In Ethnicity Maturity Matrix. The winners are announced at the annual ceremony, which is held in October.
The public categories are voted on by the general public and last year we recorded approximately 37,000 unique voters. The winners are then selected by the highest number of votes, and based on the winner being able to accept the award, either through video or in person.
The Top 10 shortlist is usually released in June, and gives more recognition to everyone for the work they do. We have received international press, including BBC, Metro, Billboard, Evening Standard, and live broadcast appearances through Sky, BBC, ITV and London Live.