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enei Awards 2018

Croydon Council and ISS UK and Ireland were applauded for their equality and inclusion policies at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Awards 2018 which took place at The Law Society, London on 10 July. 

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.

Read the Awards Brochure here for the full story!

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 breakdown 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.

The press release can be found here


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The Winners:


Overall Winner - Private Sector – Sponsored by Heathrow

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ISS UK and Ireland



Overall Winner - Public Sector – Supported by NHS Employers

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Croydon Council



Small Employer of the Year


Freeths LLP



Global Diversity – Sponsored by Global Diversity Practice

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Winner - Sage Group



Inclusive Culture – Supported by NHS Employers

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Winner - Public Sector - Department for Work and Pensions

Winner - Private Sector - ISS UK and Ireland



Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace


Winner - Public Sector - Ministry of Justice

Winner - Private Sector - Freeths



Disability Confident - Sponsored by Department for Transport

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Winner - AXA

Highly Commended - BAE Systems, Air Sector



Pay Gap


Winner - Environment Agency

Highly Commended - PwC



Team of the Year – Sponsored by Personnel Today

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Winner - HMRC

Highly Commended - HS2



Employee Network Group 2018 – Sponsored by CA Technologies

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Winner - Public Sector - Positive Action Group at the Department for Transport

Winner - Private Sector - UK Eagle at IBM UK

Highly Commended - Croydon Council



Personal Achievement


Winner - Gurdeep Singh, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Highly Commended - Amelie Beedham, AWE



Impact Through Innovation – Sponsored by My Family Care

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Winner - City of Glasgow College

Highly Commended - Princess Alice Hospice



Agile Working


Winner - Bristows

Highly Commended - DWF LLP



Apprenticeships – Sponsored by HM Land Registry

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Winner - Croydon Council

Highly Commended - University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust



Inclusive Procurement


Winner - HS2

Highly Commended - IBM UK



Representative Workforce - Sponsored by Qlearsite

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Winner - Home Office

Highly Commended - Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service



Equality & Inclusion Senior Champion of the Year - Sponsored by Qlearsite

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Winner - Sam Daly, Jacobs

Highly Commended - Claire Parker, T-Systems



Community Impact – Sponsored by Buzzacott LLP

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Joint Winner - Clarion Housing Group

Joint Winner - Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust