Croydon Council and ISS UK and Ireland were applauded for their equality and inclusion policies at yesterday’s Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Awards (10 July 2018) which took place at The Law Society, London.
Awarded the top honours of ‘Overall Winner 2018 – Public Sector and Private Sector’ respectively, the two organisations celebrated their achievements alongside Freeths LLP which was named ‘Small Employer of the Year 2018’. ISS won the Inclusive Culture (Private Sector) Award this year with an outstanding entry describing how building an inclusive work environment was a natural response to their highly diverse workforce. Croydon Council were winners in the Apprenticeship category, Highly Commended in the Employee Network Group of the Year category and shortlisted for the Impact through Innovation Award. Freeths were recognised for their outstanding achievements on the social inclusion agenda and also took home the Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace Award.
This year enei launched its new TIDE benchmark, with five organisations meeting Gold Standard: HS2, Department for International Development, Pernod Ricard, DWF LLP and Ministry of Justice.
Gurdeep Singh from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was presented with a Personal Achievement Award, in recognition of how he has overcome major illness to break down barriers for others.
Accolades were granted to 19 organisations in 15 categories, with winners having to demonstrate a clear response to a specific challenge, definitive and measurable outcomes and evidence of significant impact. The awards acknowledged and celebrated those with a commitment to good practice above and beyond legal compliance and innovative approaches that will inspire other employers. A further 11 organisations were Highly Commended for their work.
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Denise Keating, chief executive, enei commented: “The enei Annual Awards recognise the commitment of organisations to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces, celebrating the teams and individuals who really are making a difference. We have been encouraged by the steps organisations have taken to promote equality and diversity and hope this will encourage other companies to follow their lead. We are delighted that so many organisations are prepared to publicly share best practice and are delighted to be able to recognise the innovative work they are doing.”