Charity to compete in Developing Talent Category 


London, 5 June 2014: African & Caribbean Diversity (ACDiversity) has been shortlisted for the Developing Talent Award in the Race for Opportunity Awards 2014, in recognition of its commitment to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) progression in the workplace. Race for Opportunity is the race equality campaign from Business in the Community.

ACDiversity will also receive a Business in the Community Big Tick, which is recognised as a leading endorsement of responsible business and is awarded to entries demonstrating significant achievement in tackling key social or environmental issues. Shortlisted companies are invited to present their programme to a select group of senior business peers, with a chance to be named overall winner in their award category.

RfO_Big Tick_2014_colour_textACDiversity achieved the shortlist and Big Tick in the Developing Talent Award for its Mentoring and Enrichment programme, which has been narrowing the achievement gap of black British youth within government statistics by connecting volunteer mentors from multinational firms with pupils with African and Caribbean heritage from London’s state schools.

Commenting, Brenda King MBE, Chief Executive of ACDiversity said, “We are excited to be shortlisted for this award. It is an honour for us and our corporate partners to be recognised for our contribution to nurturing talent into highly selective universities and the professions. This truly adds to the 10th anniversary celebration of our programme.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race for Opportunity Director, Business in the Community, said: “It is crucial that businesses publicly demonstrate their leadership on equal BAME progression in the workplace, and how to create real change that benefits a BAME workforce and organisations as a whole. I congratulate ACDiversity on being shortlisted for a 2014 Race for Opportunity Award and achieving a Big Tick for their commitment to race equality. The standard of entries was incredibly high once again this year, and they should be very proud of their success in reaching this stage.”

This year’s winners will be announced at the Race for Opportunity Awards Dinner on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at the Hilton, London, where seven award categories recognise public and private sector organisations that have put race equality at the centre of their business agendas and are committed to creating inclusive workplaces.

A full list of the shortlisted organisations in each of the seven categories is available on the Race for Opportunity website: Race For Opportunity Shortlist.