Equality and inclusion winners celebrate at the enei 2018 Awards

HM Revenue and Customs receive their Team of the Year award from Personnel Today editor Rob Moss

Croydon Council and ISS UK and Ireland received the overall winner prizes for their inclusion policies at this evening’s 2018 Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Awards.

Awarded the top honours for the public and private sector respectively, the two organisations celebrated their achievements alongside Freeths which was named Small Employer of the Year 2018 at The Law Society, London.

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  category and shortlisted for the Impact through Innovation Award.  Freeths was recognised for its achievements on the social inclusion agenda and also took home the Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace Award.

HM Revenue & Customs won the Team of the Year award, sponsored by Personnel Today.

This year enei launched its new TIDE benchmark, with five organisations meeting Gold Standard: HS2, the Department for International Development, Pernod Ricard, DWF and the Ministry of Justice.

Denise Keating, chief executive of 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.”

Gurdeep Singh from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs received 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.

enei Awards 2018 – full list of winners

  • Overall Winner – Private Sector – Sponsored by Heathrow: ISS UK and Ireland
  • Overall Winner – Public Sector – Supported by NHS Employers: Croydon Council
  • Small Employer of the Year: Freeths LLP
  • Global Diversity – Sponsored by Global Diversity Practice: Sage Group
  • Inclusive Culture (Private Sector) – Supported by NHS Employers: ISS UK and Ireland
  • Inclusive Culture (Public Sector) – Supported by NHS Employers: Department for Work and Pensions
  • Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace (Private Sector): Freeths LLP
  • Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace (Public Sector): Ministry of Justice
  • Disability Confident – Sponsored by Department for Transport: AXA
  • Pay Gap: Environment Agency
  • Team of the Year – Sponsored by Personnel Today: HMRC
  • Employee Network Group (Private Sector) – Sponsored by CA Technologies: IBM UK
  • Employee Network Group (Public Sector) – Sponsored by CA Technologies: Department for Transport
  • Personal Achievement: Gurdeep Singh, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Impact Through Innovation – Sponsored by My Family Care: City of Glasgow College
  • Agile Working: Bristows LLP
  • Apprenticeships – Sponsored by HM Land Registry: Croydon Council
  • Inclusive Procurement – Sponsored by Qlearsite: HS2
  • Representative Workforce – Sponsored by Qlearsite: Home Office
  • Equality & Inclusion Senior Champion of the Year: Sam Daly, Jacobs
  • Community Impact – Sponsored by Buzzacott LLP: Clarion Housing Group and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
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