Major brands like London Stock Exchange Group, PepsiCo, Sephora, and Lloyd’s were nominated for important diversity and inclusion awards.
City giants, global corporations, and banking heavyweights have all been shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards.
Lloyd’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Monica Stancu, will go head-to-head with BNP Paribas’s Ama Ocansey and London Stock Exchange Group for the Head of Diversity accolade, while Silicon Valley Bank will battle it out with DAZN for the Diversity Technology Initiative of the Year.
In the running for gongs are major companies such as PepsiCo and SThree plc, all nominated in the Deutsche Post DHL Group Company of the Year category, and exceptional European projects like the International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament and Trans in the City, both nominees for the LuluLemon Community Project of the Year honour.
The European Diversity Awards will hold its 13th annual ceremony on 11 November at the InterContinental London Park Lane. It will be hosted by BBC News presenter Jane Hill.
Headline sponsor UnitedHealth Group is proud to partner with the awards to celebrate leading diversity and inclusion champions, recognising achievements over the past year across race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious belief.
Headquartered in Paris, advertising company Criteo’s Pride Community has been nominated in the Silicon Valley Bank Outstanding Employee Network of the Year category alongside Santander’s Embrace Network and global digital transformation firm Avanade’s Europe Disability Inclusion Employee Network, DiversAbility.
In addition to being the headline sponsor, UnitedHealth Group is also sponsoring the Charity of the Year category and making a generous £5,000 donation to the winner. HOGAR SÍ from Spain, Germany’s Der Lesben-und Schwulenverband and the UK’s Anna Kennedy Online are all in the running.
As well as honouring companies, networks, and campaigns the European Diversity Awards also recognises and celebrates individual contributions through the Hero, Diversity Champion, Inspirational Role Model, HR Champion, and Head of Diversity categories.
Amongst the individuals, Amjad Khan of HSBC and Greg Turner-Smart of Rolls-Royce SMR are nominees in the Inspirational Role Model of the Year Category, whilst Pfizer’s Antonio Bebba and LSEG’s Isabelle Girolami are both contenders for the Abercrombie & Fitch Diversity Champion of the Year.
Founded in 2010, the European Diversity Awards has been promoting diversity and inclusion for over a decade, and as Europe emerges from the global pandemic and continues to tackle its aftermath, the importance of inclusion, particularly with regards to social mobility and LGBTQIA+ services, is of ever-growing significance.
Linda Riley, the founder of the European Diversity Awards, commented:
‘As Europe comes out of pandemic lockdowns and we start to see the repercussions of this, it is now more essential than ever to recognise those organisations, companies, and individuals who persistently work to advocate and promote diversity and inclusion.
‘I am delighted that so many of these people and organisations have continued to show their dedication to diversity throughout the pandemic, demonstrating the true strength of their commitment. I am particularly delighted to see more and more organisations doing more to support wellbeing, social mobility, and supplier diversity in their agenda. In the last 12 months, our nominees have realised great achievements, championing the diversity of race, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, social mobility, or religious belief.
‘Our awards ceremony allows us to assemble and celebrate a truly amazing and inspirational group of people.’
With nominations across an array of categories, the European Diversity Awards 2022 continues their powerful advocacy of diversity and inclusion, with this year’s awards recognising the positive impact of marketing, campaigning, media diversity, and social mobility representation across Europe. Abercrombie & Fitch, Deutsche Post DHL Group, 10x Banking, Haleon, Swinton Group, IHG Hotels & Resorts, lululemon, Silicon Valley Bank UK, Sanofi, Collins Aerospace, and BP are all delighted to be sponsoring categories at the event.