Excellent diversity, equality, and innovation work in Kirklees to be showcased by event at Kirklees College in Huddersfield

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Yesterday (17 May) was the launch of the Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation showcase and awards for organisations and workers based in Kirklees.

The event is organised by the Kirklees Diversity = Innovation Network, a diverse group of organisations who are committed to creating a culture of belonging in their workplaces. Network members include Cummins Turbo Technologies, Sygenta along with Kirklees College, KAL, Kirklees Council and Haddletons.

The aim of the showcase is to give people fresh inspiration, energy, and ideas on how to create a culture in their workplace where everyone belongs. Topics for the conference will include effective leadership, attracting the best talent and how equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging improves productivity, whilst the awards will celebrate businesses and organisations who see equality as more than just policies, practices, and a sense of social responsibility. It is something that runs through the very heart of what they do.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said;

“I’m so proud to be supporting the Diversity=Innovation Network’s Showcase and Awards. It’s essential that while we recognise we have much more progress to make, we don’t shy away from coming together to celebrate the incredible people of Kirklees and their ground-breaking work.”

“Kirklees is rich in diversity and it’s undeniably one of our greatest strengths. Our communities and the cultural and economic influence they have had on the borough makes Kirklees such a great place to live, work and visit.

“But we have much more work to undertake if we want to feel the full benefits that our diverse borough has to offer. We need to ensure that all voices are heard and that everyone can live a healthy life that is full of opportunity.

“To achieve this requires collaboration because we work better when we work together. The pandemic showed what’s possible when public bodies, businesses and communities unite and work towards a common aim. Together we can create a fairer economy where everyone can benefit from success and residents have greater opportunity to gain employment and develop skills.

“Which is why this event is so important as it allows us to recognise and reward the excellent work from private, public and charitable sector organisations and individuals who are working hard to make inclusion and diversity a reality in Kirklees.”

Hugh Goulbourne, Chair of the Kirklees Diversity = Innovation network said:

“Numerous studies have shown that the most innovative and successful organisations are those that have a diverse pool of employees. Here in Kirklees, we have people with a wide variety of views and backgrounds, we just need to find a way to break down barriers so that we can bring this rich mix of ideas and talent together more effectively within our organisations. That is why I am so excited that after 36 months of focussed effort our network is launching the Diversity, Equality and Innovation Conference and Awards event in Huddersfield.

This event will provide the opportunity for people in local organisations to learn how to create a workplace where everyone feels like they belong. It will also enable us to recognise the efforts of those who are already doing so much to break down racism, misogyny, unequal pay and other barriers for colleagues in their workplaces and in their community.”

Businesses, organisations, and community groups are urged to enter this year’s awards which will be presented at the conference, to not only achieve recognition for great work, but also act as an example to others of what can be achieved.

The award categories are:

Diverse Business
An organisation that has demonstrated inclusive leadership and management, which has attracted people from diverse backgrounds.

Inclusive Community Project
Recognising community groups that operate in an inclusive way by promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in their activities and a sense of belonging for the community they serve.

Public Service
Celebrating the stories of public service employees, teams and employee networks who are leading the way in promoting and delivering equality, diversity and inclusion whilst tackling discrimination among staff and Kirklees residents.

Best Diversity Innovation
A product, project, or new way of working that has proved to be an outstanding innovation to promote, equality, diversity, and inclusion – one that makes a positive difference to other people’s lives and wellbeing.

Inclusive Third Sector Organisation of the Year
This award recognises the exceptional work of Third Sector organisations including charities, voluntary and community organisations in the fields of equality, diversity, and inclusion across Kirklees.

Diversity Champion of the Year
Recognising someone who has inspired others through their work on equality, diversity and inclusion or has actively tackled discrimination.

Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion and Diversity
This award honours an individual, organisation or enterprise that has made lasting and significant contributions to enhancing equality, diversity, and inclusion.

To enter, visit the event website www.kirkleesdiversityandinnovation.com and complete an online entry form.  The deadline for entries is Friday 1st July at 5pm.

Winners of the awards will be announced at the Kirklees Diversity, Equality, and Innovation event on 21st September 2022.

For information contact Katie Isaacson info@kirkleesdiversityandinnovation.com.