The Equality & Diversity Hub has announced the nominees for the 6th Annual Global Equality & Diversity (GED) Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognises outstanding individuals and organisations developing and adopting new approaches to equality and diversity in business.

This year’s ceremony will celebrate excellence in equality and diversity in the categories of ResearchImpact and Inclusive Workplace . There is also a special Lord Noon Award for outstanding individual achievement in advancing equality and diversity initiatives in the workplace.

Discussing this year’s awards Dr Jana Javornik, GED Chair & Associate Professor of Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds said:

“In business, the greatest return on investment that can be made is in its people. As employees, we all have multiple social identities and these affect each other; however, society determines which identities are flagged, which individual differences matter, and how people are labelled. Businesses reproduce such diversity relations through their organisational culture and practice. To unleash the potential of workforce diversity, leading organisations pay attention to the interplay between strategy, processes and culture: they link inclusion to their corporate strategy and secure senior leadership support to enable cross-functional cooperation, set top-down priorities and accountability, transparency and management system across roles and functions. They also expand inclusion practices by reaching out to the community and by hiring and training people from the local area to represent their diverse customer and client demographic.

This year’s winners and shortlisted organisations encourage inclusive participation and move beyond appreciating diversity toward leveraging and integrating diversity into everyday work life. Their approaches are not limited to representation; they are developing a climate in which respect, equity, and the positive impacts of differences are cultivated. The winners understand that becoming inclusive is work in progress and takes time. They are honest, open-minded, smart and innovative, and, above all, pursue long-term behavioural change initiatives.”

Award winners will be announced at the GED Conference on Thursday 17th October 2019 at De Vere Canary Wharf, London.

Both the conference and award ceremony will be filmed and streamed live online and will be made available to watch on demand.

The nominees for the 6th Annual GED Awards are as follows:

The Noon Award

  • SAP – Diversity in the Streets Programme
  • WhiteHat
  • MyPlus
  • Lexxic & Neurotalent Unlocked
  • Karen Daly-Gherabi, The Springboard Consultancy
  • Dr Gregory Burke, AccessAble
  • Nadine Vogel, Springboard Consulting
  • Marshall E-Learning

Inclusive Workplace Award

  • Hachette UK Ethnicity Pay Gap 2019
  • How to be an Inclusive Leader – Liliane Rocha, Gestão Kairós
  • I Believe, I Belong, I Matter; Inclusive IBM
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)
  • Acas
  • ISS

Research Award

  • Diversity within diversity management – Andri Georgiadou, Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan
  • Diversity in Policing campaign – Essex Police
  • Cultural factors contributing to the Gender Pay Gap and inequality in the NHS – Conflux

Impact Award

  • BBC – The 50:50 Project
  • Celebrating Difference by Shaun Dellenty



Find out more about the Global Equality and Diversity Awards here.