Business leaders and big brands lead 2020 HSBC UK Ethnicity Awards shortlist

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Karim Perrineau

The shortlist for the HSBC UK sponsored Ethnicity Awards has been announced today with an array of business leaders and big brands making the shortlist.

The awards, which are returning this year against the backdrop of the international Black Lives Matter movement, will recognise individuals and organisations with a track record of working to advance equality and opportunity for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in society.

Companies that are promoting opportunities for Black and minority ethnic groups including Tesco,Rolls-Royce, Lloyd Banking Group, NatWest Group and Legal and General are all in the running for accolades.

Argos, Nike, Ben & Jerry’s, John Lewis and Trapstar are amongst those shortlisted for the Brand Impact award.

Individuals including Annette Byron, a real estate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Karim Perrineau, who works in the D&I BNY Mellon team in EMEA have also been nominated.

Byron is the driving force behind FBD’s Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, which addresses the underrepresentation of black and black mixed-race men from underprivileged backgrounds in large commercial law firms. Karim Perrineau has been widely praised for delivering a series of workshops on allyship and inclusivity in the workplace.

Public figures and big name celebrities including Little Mix stars Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have been nominated for awards following their participation in the Black Lives Matter protests in London earlier this year. Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Liverpool FC hero Trent Alexander-Arnold join names like Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua in the running for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

A number of charities have also been nominated for awards including Black Minds Matter UK, Refugee Council and Show Racism the Red Card.

Founder of the Ethnicity Awards, Sarah Garrett MBE, said:

“The celebrities, public figures, business and brands on the shortlist, have all used their platforms to shine a light on the issues facing the Back and minority ethnic community in what has been a pivotal and poignant year so far. All of those nominated have done important work to advance equality and promote opportunity for all against the backdrop of the international Black Lives Matter movement and are incredibly deserving of this recognition.”

Ian Stuart, CEO of HSBC UK, Official Partners of the Ethnicity Awards said: “HSBC UK is proud to once again be the lead sponsor of the Investing in Ethnicity Awards – placing an important spotlight on the work being done to ensure that all people are afforded equal opportunity, regardless of race or ethnicity.

“We understand the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce, and know there is more we can and must do as employers to support racial equality in the workplace and across the UK more broadly. The calibre of nominations has been outstanding again this year – best of luck to all those shortlisted.”

The full 2020 Ethnicity Awards shortlist:

Nivedita Krishnamurthy
Zaheer Ahmad MBE
Leroy Knowles
Kuldeep Mehmi
Karen Finlayson
Kunal Shah
Alan Higgins
Annette Byron
Debbie Ellison
Mohammed Ahmed

Belinda Brown
Celia Fraser
Curtis James
Karim Perrineau
Mekida Carr
Nadine Dyer
Shailesh Agarwal
Sheila Moazzami
Sofia Aslam
Tolu Oke

Bennard Owusu
Bernadette Thompson
Dara Douglas
Julia Mansi
kavaljeet singh
Laith Gharib
Maria St Louis
Sadna Zaman
Shabiha Azam
Vincent Eguinlae

Claire Wills
Colette Comerford
Faye Skinner
Jake Hobson
Kate Priestman
Louise Ebrey
Matthew Newick
Paul Flanagan
Paul Kett
Ryan Galvin

African Caribbean Pioneers Network (ACPN), Rolls-Royce
BAME at Tesco
CHORD, Mitie
Fusion, ViacomCBS Networks International
Macfarlanes’ BME & friends network
Multi-Cultural Affinity Network, Balfour Beatty
Multicultural Network, NatWest Group
ONE Employee Resource Group, National Grid
Pearson’s PRIME
Unity, Standard Life Aberdeen

Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Johnson & Johnson
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Lloyds Banking Group
Macfarlanes LLP
National Grid
NatWest Group
ViacomCBS Networks International

Dev Patel
Jade Thirlwall
Jameela Jamil
John Barnes MBE
John Boyega
Kunal Nayyar
Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Naomi Acke
Nathalie Emmanuel
Reggie Yates

Anthony Joshua
Bianca Williams
Dina Asher-Smith
Isa Guha
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Lewis Hamilton
Marcus Rashford
Salma Bi
Trent Alexander Arnold
Zesh Rehman

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Channel 4′ s The Talk
Coronation Street’s Racism Storyline
Go Green for Grenfell
Love Island’s Leanne Amaning and Mike Boateng
Michael Holding recounts racism live on air
Micheala Coel’s I May Destroy You
Naga Munchetty’s racism row
National Windrush Day

Amal Fashanu
Amber Rose-Gill
Amena Khan
Emma Dabiri
Gary Thompson
Grace F Victory
Kelechi Okafor
Natasha Ndlovu
Robert Douglas

Beverley Knight
Dave The Rapper
Jorja Smith
Joy Crookes
Little Simz
Naughty Boy
Rina Sawayama

David Lammy MP
Dawn Butler MP
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP
Humza Yousaf MSP
Marsha De Cordova MP
Munira Wilson MP
Nadia Whittome MP
Rishi Sunak MP
Baroness Sandip Verma
Sadiq Khan

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Ben & Jerry’s
John Lewis

Anah Project
Black Minds Matter UK
Gurkha Welfare Trust
Refugee Council
ROTA (Race on the Agenda)
Runnymede Trust
Show Racism the Red Card
Sistah Space
Tell Mama UK
The Sickle Cell Society

Michael Braithewaite
Yvette Williams MBE
Aneeta Prem
Patrick Vernon OBE
Robina Qureshi
Leslie Thomas QC
Seyi Akiwowo
Paula Akpan
Shani Dhanda
Kajal Odedra

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