Diversity and Inclusion - LGC Awards 2021
This award is open to a single council or where appropriate a partnership of councils, or a council-owned company. Private sector partners can enter on a council’s behalf, with the permission of the council itself.
This award recognises strong performance by a council, with a primary focus on the relevant timescale, in developing a diverse and inclusive culture that permeates the council itself and its workforce and/or the broader local area.
The entry could demonstrate the council’s attempts to foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees, and members - promoting and progressing diversity and inclusion values from within - and describe how this is helping to attract and retain talent. It could include internal council initiatives, customer/service user-facing work, or work to promote a wide range of careers on the council to appeal to different people.
The entry could alternatively focus more on the broader local area, highlighting initiatives driven by the council to foster diversity and help facilitate inclusion across the local community. It could include how the council has worked with other business and other local organisations to improve opportunity, participation and engagement.
Judges will be looking for evidence of at least three of the following:
- Inclusive leadership that filters down to all levels and the promotion of positive role models within or beyond the council;
- Diversity and inclusion focus in areas such as staff engagement, training, employee networks, and the work that has taken place to create a culture that fosters positive change within and beyond the organisation;
- Evidence of positive outcomes from specific initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion within the council or the wider local area.
- Evidence of actions and activities taken to create and deliver inclusive recruitment processes.
- Boldness in setting benchmarks for diversity and inclusion, and measurable progress towards them;
- Evidence that diversity and inclusion are central to all of the council’s work, including its partnerships and work with service users.