The 2023 Inclusive Awards has announced its shortlist, highlighting over 60 individuals and organisations working tirelessly to remove barriers and put diversity at the very heart of everything they do.

Now in its ninth year, the Inclusive Awards is the only ceremony that rewards organisations and individuals and organisations who have excelled in their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This year’s ceremony will take place in London on December 5, 2023 at The Hurlingham Club and be hosted by TV presenter Sean Fletcher.

“I’ve worked in TV and radio for 25 years, and it’s been clear to me that the most efficient, successful and happy workplaces in my career have been the most diverse,” says Sean Fletcher. “From gender to ethnicity and disability to age, the jobs that stand out for me for enjoyment and productivity are those where inclusion is high on the agenda. Getting things right at work is crucial to getting things right in our communities, networks, families and social circles. The positive impact of working with integrity among people who are tolerant, accepting, encouraging and motivating ensures an individual’s sense of belonging and wellbeing and cannot be underestimated.”

The 2023 Inclusive Awards were judged by an independent panel, including award-winning Computer Scientist Professor Sue Black OBE and Conscious Inclusion Specialist Jiten Patel. Together they looked beyond policies and practices to identify those individuals and organisations who could demonstrate they have achieved true diversity, inclusion, equality and equity in their workplace or community.

The shortlist is below and can also be seen here

“In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is more important than ever,” says Paul Sesay, CEO of Inclusive Companies and founder of the Inclusive Awards. “The Inclusive Awards continue to be an exceptional way to celebrate the courageous actions of individuals and organisations, who are already striving for inclusion.

“Not only does diversity within a workforce foster an inclusive working environment, it can also bring business benefits and provide a market advantage,” says Paul. “We look forward to celebrating the many and varied achievements of our finalists and I congratulate them all for being shortlisted for the impact they’ve made.”

Diversity Power List returns

This year’s Inclusive Awards also mark the return of the annual Diversity Power List, honouring 50 champions of inclusion and diversity who are making a positive difference to the lives of others, creating an impact within their industry sector and showcasing outstanding dedication in their respective field.

The 2023 Inclusive Awards Finalists

Head of Diversity & Inclusion: Joanne Conway, Ben Spencer-White, Shelley Vaisey, Allison Fox, Alessandro Storer, Justine Gillespie, Chanelle Gray, Liz Douglas

Chief Executive of the Year: Andy Briggs MBE, Joanne Williams, Ken McMeikan, Stuart Love, Julie-Ann Haines, Tom Hoosen-Webber, Raman Bhatia, Simon Pirotte OBE

Consultancy of the Year: Mindweaver, Gina Battye, Association of Accessible Employers, Equality Leaders, Abstract, Diverse Educations Centre for Accessible Environments, Creative Access

D&I Tech Initiative: Proto, Ability Today, myGwork, Diversely,, Global Equality Collection, AXS Passport by Diversity & Ability, Skills 4 EMPOWER Programme

Inclusive Culture Initiative: Kin + Carta, Utopia – Inclusion Makers, Rethink Mental Illness, HSBC Enterprise Tech, Metro Bank, Auto Trader, Capital One, Bridgend College

Outstanding Diversity Network: The Oxa Neuro and Physical Diversity Voice Group, University of Sunderland – Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Networks, Aviva Origins, The BOLD Network at Lloyds Banking Group, TalkTalk Women in Tech, OVO Believe, Pride Network at the Principality Building Society, Unity at EY

Social Mobility Project: Zero Gravity, Sefton@Work, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, Clu, Capital One & National Numeracy, Future Frontiers, Greene King, Migrant Leaders

Diversity Teams: Anglo American EDI Team, Lincs Police Dyslexia Accessors, Manchester Fire EDI Team, HSBC UK inclusion Team, Organisational Development Team at United Utilities, QA D&I Champions Team, Humberside Police Positive Action Team, Ministry of Justice Wellbeing Team

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