Reach Society

Reach Society Highly Commended At UK Race Equality Awards

Reach Society has been recognised for developing equal and inclusive workplaces for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees by being Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016

 

The awards ceremony, hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White, took place last night (11th October 2016) at the Hilton Park Lane and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their 10th year, the Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.

Reach Society was Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category, which recognises organisations who are addressing the future talent pool challenge by taking action to improve the attraction, engagement and employability of young people from BAME backgrounds.

Dr Dwain A. Neil, Chairman, Reach Society said: “The Society is humbled by this award from BITC. When the project was kicked off in October 2010, my co-founders and I just wanted to play our part to help young people from the Black community, especially our boys and young men, to make viable transition into adult life. Six years later we have impacted more than 7,500 young people and have the capacity to impact more than 1,500 every year. Reach Society is truly grateful to BITC for their interest in our on-going work.” 

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Reach Society on being Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016. They are ensuring BAME employees are represented at all levels within their organisation, developing the diverse talent they attract and strengthening the pipeline for the future. I hope other organisations will follow their lead.”

A full list of the winners, Highly Commended and finalist organisations is available online.

Guests heard from Dr Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist at BT who spoke about the importance of diversity of thought in future work, Adrian Joseph, Chair of the Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team, and Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community.

There was also a Twitter takeover by I.C.U.C. on behalf of the global media group Dentsu Aegis Network, who managed the Business in the Community race equality campaign Twitter handle (@BITCRaceatwork) and the hashtag #RaceEqualityAwards, encouraging guests to share photos and inspiring moments from the evening. 

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