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Posted 18 January 2016


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Most improved in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We're happy to say that we have been nominated for the Most Improved Organisation at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Grand Awards by The National Centre for Diversity (NCFD).

In January 2016, in central Birmingham, guests from a broad range of sectors will be gathering at the International Convention Centre to celebrate the many EDI achievements of some of the largest organisations in the UK.

Nominees were announced on the National Centre for Diversity website on the 7 January 2016, and the winners to be revealed on the night. The NCFD Grand Awards will be held on the 20 January 2016, at The ICC Birmingham.

Karen Cowan, Head of Customer & Support Services and Equality & Diversity Champion at Ongo, said: “This nomination is a reflection of all our hard work to make sure equality and diversity is fully considered and embedded in all that we do.

“We encourage all our staff to challenge inappropriate behaviour and through training such as Dementia Friends and cultural awareness events we are creating a more understanding workforce.

“It’s not just our employees we support in this way, our tenant volunteers and Board Members are offered training and encouraged to take part in the events we hold.” 

With excitement levels building the event promises to start the New Year with a bang with inspirational organisations and individuals being recognised for their equality, diversity and inclusion work.

The NCFD Grand Awards has garnered support from major UK organisations, including our two headline sponsors Amey and NG Bailey. Other sponsors include the National Open College Network, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and Equal Approach.

Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, Solat Chaudhry, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the excellent equality, diversity and inclusion work which has been achieved throughout 2015. We extend a warm invitation to organisations across the country to join us and celebrate not only their successes but also the importance of equality, diversity, inclusion in the UK.”

The National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 index will showcase the hard-work and successes that have been achieved by the incredible organisations that we work with; whilst the Individual Awards are designed to recognise exceptional individuals.

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