eida17-open3In a fractured society, during challenging times and with the effects of austerity increasing, the need for diverse practice becomes ever more important.

The law defines a host of so called protected characteristics. But, ultimately, inclusion affects us all. By excluding people because of their identity or background we lose skills, we lose talent, and we lose productivity and profit.

Significant numbers of organisations are practising inclusion as a routine event and are reaping the rewards. They are leaders in their field – not the diversity pitch, but the business stadia in which they play, and win. They aren’t just ticking a corporate social responsibility box or following a moral code, important as they may be. They are capturing the diverse talents of the wonderful population of Great Britain and becoming more competitive as a result.

For the first time ever, The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List will be merging with the Excellence in Diversity Awards to identify the best employers when it comes to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

CEO of The Inclusive Top 50, Paul Sesay has over 15 years worth of experience in the EDI sector and has a whole catalogue of diversity initiatives behind him including the groundbreaking BEAM Awards.

Paul Sesay states:

“The partnership between the Excellence in Diversity Awards and Inclusive Top 50 will ensure a spectrum of inclusive employers are featured, shining a light on best practice in workforce diversity.

“There is a crucial need to promote these practices and the organisations carrying out pioneering work in this field.”

Submissions opened on November 1 2016, with a host of other categories including Outstanding Diversity Network, Employee of the Year, Marketing Campaign, Best Diversity Resource, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Champion and Lifetime Achiever.

The unveiling of the list will take place at The Excellence in Diversity Awards ceremony, with high ranking organisations receiving the Inclusive Top 50 accolade; split into charity, education, housing, public and private sectors. Those featured will have to provide sufficient evidence of their inclusivity practices in areas such as recruitment procedures, training and a range of diversity-related initiatives.

Mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone were previously ranked No. 1 in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2016 in recognition of their continued dedication to workplace diversity.

Touchstone CEO, Alison Lowe said:

“Touchstone were surprised and delighted to be named number 1 on The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. Our involvement with The Inclusive Top 50 and The Excellence in Diversity Awards has been nothing but a positive one, and has shown us that our practice is also excellent.”

This year’s EiDA‘s also rewarded the likes of Allianz Insurance, L&Q, Dell, Transport for London and Manchester Metropolitan University for their exceptional achievements in the diversity arena.

Stuart McKenna, Equality & Diversity Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University, said:

“Since the top 50 list was published, we have received a lot of attention and enquiries in relation to the good work we are doing, from others in the sector, the national press and our local partners.

“Coming 2nd place in the top 50 is a real recognition of the work, not just of the Equality & Diversity Team, but of staff across the organisation who have shown a genuine commitment and drive to delivering an inclusive experience.”

Alexandra Alexander, Diversity & Wellbeing Manager at Circle Housing added:

“Our position has generated lots of interest in our positive workplace practices and led to sharing opportunities with other organisations around diversity and inclusion. It’s really great to be recognised for all of the work we’ve put into making Circle Housing an inclusive employer, and our efforts to embed diversity at every level of the organisation.”

With the Excellence in Diversity Awards at its helm, The Inclusive Top 50 is sure to deliver a host of new and exciting organisations attracting and retaining diverse talent across the UK.

Submissions for The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers and The Excellence in Diversity Awards are now open. To find out more, please visit http://www.excellenceindiversity.co.uk/nominate/.