European Diversity Awards to be presented this September

Organisers of the European Diversity Awards, Square Peg Media claim the UK, albeit slowly, is moving towards a society where people are given the same opportunities regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or physical abilities. Unfortunately, they point out the rest of the world, or even much of Europe is lagging behind.

Linda Riley, Managing Director of Square Peg Media, wondered how she could encourage these changes in other countries. Many multinational companies who have worked with them already promoted Diversity and Inclusion within their workplace, yet they were unrecognised – there were no awards for such ground-breaking efforts by corporate and community organisations across Europe.
That’s why, last year, she decided to set up the European Diversity Awards to honour individuals and organisations who work to help create a fairer, more inclusive society, making Europe a better place. The Awards reflect a global view..
Last year, the Awards received over 250 nominations, including those of people working for the advancement of women, LGBT rights and services, rights for ethnic minorities and disability rights, among others. Cast Media Group’s Journalist of the Year Award went to Frank Gardiner, the BBC correspondent who was shot six times by Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and returned to the workplace as a wheelchair user.
European Diversity Awards 2011
The Cisco Company of the Year Award went to Vodaphone, whose global CEO, Vittorio Colao, has set up a system which holds the senior team leaders to account on gender targets and who has ensured Diversity policies are proactive throughout the brand.
Last year’s Diversity Team of the Year winners, Societe Generale, are sponsoring the ‘Charity of the Year Award’, and in addition will be presenting the winning charity with a cheque for £5,000 to help towards more great work in the field of diversity. This award is open to all charities in Europe who support people who have been disadvantaged due to their diverse background.
The 2012 European Diversity Awards will be presented once again by BBC newsreader Jane Hill in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel this September.
Nominations are now open via the European Diversity Awards website. Categories include ‘Hero of the Year’, sponsored by BNP Paribas; ‘Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year’, sponsored by Pfizer and ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’, sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch.
To nominate a company, charity, or individual, send a short statement about the nominee and evidence of the impact they have made on Diversity and Inclusion in their field. Entries are free and the closing date is June 29 2012.



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