Leeds Building Society and Huddersfield New College among Top 100 inclusive employers

National Centre for Diversity Equality Index 100
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The National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) has announced the UK’s Top 100 Index of organisations working to make work environments more inclusive. Included on the list are organisations such as Leeds Building Society, Galliford Try Highways and Huddersfield New College. 

At an event on 17 January 2020, the NCFD also announced the winners of various awards, including Engineering company of the year, Organisation of the year, Most innovative engagement, diversity and inclusion initiative of the year and Large business of the year.

The index aims to recognise the progress made by organisations in promoting fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement. The list is compiled using data from surveys completed by employees at businesses working with the NCFD; an algorithm is used to benchmark organisations and accumulate the index.

The Top 20 best organisations for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace were: 

  1. Huddersfield New College
  2. Steps to Work
  3. John Ruskin College
  4. Newham Training and Education Centre
  5. Red Rose Sports Club
  6. Oasis Academy Foundry
  7. Austhorpe Primary School
  8. Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
  9. Port of Leith Housing Association
  10. Carlton Junior and Infant School
  11. Galliford Try Highways
  12. Cardiff and Vale College
  13. Hadlow College
  14. Horton Housing
  15. Prospects
  16. Leeds Building Society
  17. London Skills and Development Network
  18. Oasis Academy Hobmoor
  19. Trust Housing Association
  20. Association of Colleges

Winners at the NCFD Grand Awards 2020 include:

Organisation of the year:

  • Huddersfield New College

Most improved organisation:

  • VolkerWessels UK

Most innovative engagement, diversity and inclusion initiative of the year:

  • Cardiff and Vale College

Small to medium business of the year:

  • The NOCN Group

Engineering company of the year:

  • VolkerWessels UK

Further education provider of the year:

  • Huddersfield New College

Transportation organisation of the year:

  • Transport for Greater Manchester

Construction company of the year:

  • Galliford Try Highways

Financial services company of the year:

  • Leeds Building Society

Solat Chaudhry, chief executive at NCFD, said: “It is so important to demonstrate the excellent work that all our [award winners] achieve in building positive communities to improve cultures and attitudes, ensuring fairness for all. I am particularly proud that we celebrate excellent work across all sectors as these organisations are the future of the workplace in the UK.

“We celebrate the exceptional work of people and organisations [that] have [engagement, diversity and inclusion] running through their DNA. Let’s rejoice at this and build a better society.

“The outstanding [employers] that won tonight bring a sense of decency, stability, certainty, wellbeing, hope, optimism and resilience in a world where mainstream political rhetoric as hardened.”