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:
Zaheer Ahmad MBE
Maria St Louis
NETWORK GROUP (ERG)
African Caribbean Pioneers Network (ACPN), Rolls-Royce
BAME at Tesco
Fusion, ViacomCBS Networks International
Macfarlanes’ BME & friends network
Multi-Cultural Affinity Network, Balfour Beatty
Multicultural Network, NatWest Group
ONE Employee Resource Group, National Grid
Unity, Standard Life Aberdeen
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Johnson & Johnson
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Lloyds Banking Group
ViacomCBS Networks International
John Barnes MBE
Trent Alexander Arnold
Celebs come together for ITV’s BAME COVID-19 campaign
The Black Lives Matter Movement
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
Grace F Victory
Dave The Rapper
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
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Ben & Jerry’s
CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Black Minds Matter UK
Gurkha Welfare Trust
ROTA (Race on the Agenda)
Show Racism the Red Card
Tell Mama UK
The Sickle Cell Society
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITIES
Yvette Williams MBE
Patrick Vernon OBE
Leslie Thomas QC