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Business leaders urged to nominate ahead of 2017 EDAs

DIVERSITY: European Diversity Awards

THE 2017 European Diversity Awards held their official launch at London’s Ivy Club last night (March 14) as business leaders with a track record of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace are being urged to put forward their companies for awards.

Headline sponsored by Heathrow Airport, the European Diversity Awards, established in 2010, annually recognise organisations, CEOs, C-level executives and other business leaders from across the continent that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Companies including Deloitte, Accenture and technology giant Intel and global media corporation Viacom were amongst those to scoop top awards last year after submitting nominations to an expert panel of judges led by Heathrow’s Pauline Lewis, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, former Member of the European Parliament, Lord Michael Cashman and awards founder, Linda Riley.

All of who return this year to judge the awards.

Linda Riley, CEO and founder of the Awards, said: “Our 2017 event is set to be the biggest yet, which is in itself an affirmation that the European business community views diversity not as a box-ticking exercise, but as an essential strategy which makes good business sense. I very much look forward to rewarding those individuals and organisations whose stand-out work serves as a beacon to the wider corporate world.

Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “I am incredibly proud that Heathrow is again sponsoring the European Diversity Awards. At Heathrow we have pledged to reflect local diversity at every level of the business by 2025. It’s an ambitious goal, but for us to achieve our vision of giving every passenger the best airport service we believe our own organisation needs to reflect the diversity of the world around us."

“These awards provide all of us with an incredible platform to learn from best practice across industries, and champion each other, so that together we can make a real difference for the next generation.”

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