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The Hunter Diversity Awards is an initiative of the Equal Futures Project – a local group of business leaders dedicated to raising awareness and funds that will facilitate gender equity in the region.

The awards recognise and celebrate the diversity champions among us, those who have discovered what works in making their organisation and/or community a fairer, more equitable and more successful place to live and work.

Sponsored by the University of Newcastle, a true leader in our region and the sector of equity and diversity in practice, we are pleased to announce the following finalists for 2016.

Inclusive Workplace Champion – organisation Category sponsor – Sparke Helmore

  • APP Corporation
  • PKF

Workplace Flexibility Champion – organisation Category sponsor – ARTC

  • Sparke Helmore
  • PKF
  • Urdarov Accountants

Gender Equity Champion – organisation Category sponsor – Strategic Group

  • APP Corporation
  • ARTC
  • Sparke Helmore

Diversity Champion – Individual Category sponsor – The Sista Code

  • Jon Chin
  • Karen Howard
  • Leah Gilbert

Winners will be announced at the International Women’s Day breakfast on Friday, 4 March 2016 at Wests New Lambton. Tickets are available for purchase at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-mind-the-gap-breakfast-tickets-19831872665?aff=ebrowse

 

AWARD CRITERIA

  1. Inclusive Workplace Champion – organisation

Category sponsor – Sparke Helmore

The Workplace Champion category recognises an organisation that truly values an inclusive workplace. Encouraging new ways of thinking and incorporating diversity, with strong support from senior leadership, this organisation is not just changing policy, they’re changing their whole company culture.

Please demonstrate how the organisation is a diversity champion. For example, outline programs, strategies or policies that drive the organisation’s commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all employees via a new approach to building an equitable workplace. Please provide supporting documentation, testimonials or evidence to support this submission.

  1. Workplace Flexibility Champion – organisation

Category sponsor – ARTC

The Workplace flexibility champion category recognises an organisation that is putting into practice initiatives that allow all employees the opportunity to prosper and succeed through flexible work practices.

In your submission, please demonstrate how the organisation is a role model in flexible workplace practice, championing the cause via cultural change and innovation that works for diverse groups of employees. Also consider use examples of specific programs or initiatives that have been implemented to foster a sustainable flexible workplace.

  1. Gender Equity Champion – organisation

Category sponsor – Strategic Group

The Gender Equity champion category recognises an organisation that can demonstrate effective initiatives that foster gender equity in their workplace.

Please outline how the organisation is a gender equity champion implementing sustainable programs, policies and strategies that have ensured gender equity is not only a priority but embedded in the organisation’s culture. Consider examples of specific programs, measurable outcomes and/or statements of support from senior leadership as evidence of this organisation’s drive to implement and benefit from gender equity.

  1. Diversity Champion – Individual

Category sponsor – The Sista Code

The Diversity Champion category recognises an individual who promotes diversity in the community and/or the workplace. This person would be a role model who “walks the talk” and is committed to finding-out what works and share their success for sustainable change.

Please outline how this person drives diversity initiatives within the community and/or an organisation, promoting diversity best practice in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees. Please add any supporting documentation, testimonials or evidence to support this submission.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION

Organisations or individuals are invited to nominate or can be nominated by others (nominating another must have the permission of the organisation or individual nominated).

Please limit your response to one A4 page. If you are including attachments, please list them in your application to ensure all are received and reviewed as part of the submission process. Alternatively, you could submit a short (maximum 2 minute) video.

Your completed submission, including any attachments, needs to be emailed to hunterdiversityawards@gmail.com by 5pm Friday January 29.

All entrants and finalists are encouraged to attend the 2015 International Women’s Day breakfast on Friday March 4 at Wests New Lambton, where the winners of the inaugural awards will be announced.

 

ORGANISATION

To enter any of the 3 organisation categories, the business must have a registered office within the Hunter Region.

The application must include:

  • Organisation name
  • Postal and street address
  • Number of employees
  • Industry sector
  • Key contact person including name, title, email and phone number
  • Nominator name, email and phone number and acknowledgment the organisation has permitted the application (if submitting on behalf of others)

Organisations are able to apply for one or more category.

 

INDIVIDUAL

To enter the individual champion category, the individual must live and work in the Hunter Region and be over 18 years of age.

Your application will need to include:

  • Full name, date of birth, title, email and phone number
  • Postal and street address
  • Organisation/community group name (if applicable)
  • Industry or community sector
  • Nominator name, email and phone number and acknowledgment the individual has permitted the application (if submitting on behalf of others)

 

SPONSORS

          SparkleHelmore_logo_white                UON_SQR v10 280 x 280  

         ARTC logo_print      SGRP Final Logo 2014

        The-Sista-Code-Logo-RGB

 

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