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Business & Finance Awards: Nominations for the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award are now open

By Business & Finance
08 September 2022
Photo: Andres Poveda

Nominations are now open for the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (D,E&I) award at this year’s Business & Finance Awards. The award celebrates companies that contribute to improving the lives of their employees while also enhancing the civic environment in which they operate.

The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award will be awarded to a company that can demonstrate a holistic and long-term commitment to D,E&I within its culture. The company must be able to highlight its D,E&I strategy and how it has positively impacted on its business.

Judges will be looking at aspects such as the leadership’s commitment to diversity, representation of diversity at all levels of the organisation, equal access to opportunity, fair treatment practices and diversity education and training.

This year’s Business & Finance Awards will take place on December 1st at the Convention Centre, Dublin. There are a number of awards at this year’s ceremony including Business Person of the Year, Company of the Year and the Elevation Award. Nominations for the Elevation Award can be submitted here.

Previous Winners of the D,E&I award

Financial Services company Northern Trust were the recipients of the award in 2021. Meliosa O’Caoimh, Country Head for Ireland at Northern Trust accepted the award presented by Eimear O’Halloran, Senior Director Client Success EMEA at Indeed.

Pictured: (L-R) Eimear O’Halloran of Indeed and Meliosa O’Caoimh of Northern Trust

“This means so much to our teams at Northern Trust”, said Ms. O’Caoimh.

She went on to say that the award represents everything that the company stands for.

“Our culture is very important to us and our work around diversity, equality and inclusion is central to everything we are doing. We don’t just talk, we walk the talk.”

Bank of Ireland were the inaugural recipients of the D,E&I Award, for publicly committing to equal gender representation, through a comprehensive range of initiatives. Vodafone won the prize at the 2020 awards for the Vodafone Ireland LGBT+ Friends Network, the MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) allies workshop and the TecSOS initiative that seeks to support victims of domestic abuse.

Awards History

Business & Finance was launched in 1964 as Ireland’s first business magazine with the Awards programme established a decade later. The Business & Finance Awards is Ireland’s premier business awards programme and includes among its previous honorees outstanding leaders of our time across business, politics and wider society. This includes former United States President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former ECB President Mario Draghi, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, and Sir Bob Geldof, among others.

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