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Inclusive Employment Award 

This Award celebrates businesses that remove barriers to employment and progression for disadvantaged, underrepresented or minority groups, and deliver programmes that equip people for the world of work, creating a more diverse and inclusive London workforce. It recognises companies that realise the business benefits and advantages of a more diverse workforce, such as fostering innovation, improving decision-making, and accessing untapped talent from the local community. 


  • One or more of the following should be true of the initiative entered in this category:
    • Your business is addressing social issues in Greater London communities through employability and skills development initiatives for disadvantaged, underrepresented or minority groups.
    • You are reducing barriers to employment or progression for disadvantaged or underrepresented or minority groups within your business. 
  • The same initiative cannot be submitted in more than one category. All partners involved in the same initiative must decide which category it best fits into and submit one application to that category only.  
  • This award is open to applications from private sector businesses and public bodies having an impact in Greater London. Businesses and public bodies may use this form to make an application for their own organisation or to nominate a third-party business or public body. Charities, schools, community groups and social enterprises are not eligible to apply in this category but may nominate a business or public body.
  • The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards recognise and celebrate organisations going beyond their core business product or service to have a social impact. Applications will be disqualified if the initiative described is judged to form part or an extension of the organisation’s core commercial and/or delivery activities, e.g. a local authority providing a statutory service to the community or a business whose purpose is to broker employee volunteering. 
  • If your initiative was shortlisted in 2017 you can apply again with the same initiative (or another) in any category, however the judges will be looking for ways in which your initiative has developed over the past year.
  • If your initiative won an Award in (2017), it should not be entered in any category for three years following receiving the Award. For example, any initiative that won in 2017 should not be entered again until 2021.  When submitting in following years the initiative should have had substantial changes made to it since winning the Award. You may apply with a different initiative to this year's Dragon Awards. 

Examples of Inclusive Employment Award Initiatives (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Programmes can include work such as targeting local residents and school-leavers for job opportunities, increasing employability skills or creating bespoke employment programmes benefitting marginalised groups such as ex-offenders.
  • Directly targeting local residents and school-leavers for job opportunities and apprenticeships.
  • Running programmes that encourage underrepresented groups to take up employment opportunities in your field of work e.g. working with female students to increase the take up of STEM subjects.
  • Removing barriers to entry level employment within your business e.g. removing degree classification from application forms.
  • Creating programmes that support the development and progression of employees currently underrepresented at senior or board level.

When making an application please follow the Inclusive Employment Award - Guidance and Scoring Card document where you will find further information about the Award and a guide on how to answer each question on the application form.  

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