IN Awards : Collaboration of the Year

IN Awards : Collaboration of the Year

Photo : Members of BNY Mellon network groups with representatives from the George House Trust. The award was presented by Sanjay Sood-Smith (fourth on the left), Apprentice 2014 candidate and Co-Founder of Tuk In

Working with another network within the same organisation or beyond or another organisation, charity or community group, our finalists are unique collaborations where something special has been created. All of our finalists have shown that by working together, so much more is achieved.
This award was sponsored by Tuk In.

WINNER : BNY Mellon PRISM Network and George House Trust, UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

PRISM, the inclusive LGBT network at BNY Mellon, in Manchester has a long-standing relationship with HIV charity George House Trust (GHT), working together on many initiatives in the past decade. The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt pays tribute to people who died of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. The UK portion of the quilt consists of approximately 48 sections and more than 384 people from all around the UK are represented by the quilt. It is a vital part of LGBT social history. There is a large amount of material related to the panels. These are a mixture of individual testimonials from the people who made the panels and information and photos about the individuals who died. A team of BNY Mellon volunteers was put together to create a digital archive. This project was offered out to all employees, making it a truly inclusive initiative.

City Sikhs Network & City Hindus Network, Hustings in the City

The City Sikhs Network and the City Hindus Network came together for the first time to co-host and collaborate on a unique event in April 2015. The event also involved the Faiths Forum for London and Square Mile Muslims amongst others as supporting partners. It was a unique collaboration and brought together Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and people of all faiths who work across over 100 different organisations. The event attracted over 200 people and was filmed by Zee TV and NDTV for broadcast around the world. At one point, the event hashtag #CityHustings was the 7th most trending hashtag in the UK on Twitter. The success of the evening was solely due to the fact that it was a true joint effort.

EY Women’s Network and Lloyds Banking Group ‘Breakthrough’ Network, The Secrets of Stakeholder Mapping and Networking for Success

Hosted by EY in London in June 2015, the event was broadcasted to EY and Lloyd’s Banking Group (LBG) offices in other cities including Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with almost 2,000 EY and LBG colleagues connecting in collaboration hubs across the UK. This was a record attendance for an EY Women’s Network event. It was filmed and shared with those who could not attend on the day, or with flexible working arrangements. The event succeeded in its primary mission, to increase networking between LBG and EY, with many new contacts made. Secondly, the regional offices were opened up for both LBG and EY colleagues to build new relationships.

PwC Employee Network Groups, Disability, Military and GLEE, To disclose or not to disclose

On 30th March 2015 three network groups at PwC collaborated to deliver a unique event. Disclosure rates on employee monitoring surveys, often used to monitor engagement, inclusiveness of recruitment and training, and employee workplace experience, is still low in many organisations. Knowing this info allows for steps to be put in place to address any shortfalls or barriers. Without knowing it, this is difficult. Speakers at the panel event that discussed the value of disclosing information included Dr. Christian Jessen and Kate Nash OBE. Attendees were encouraged to partake. The collaboration between the networks ensured the panel was diverse and represented more than one diversity strand.

Photo : #INAwards2015 finalists ParliOUT

The Network of Networks (TNON)

TNON was created to bring together employee network leaders from large corporates, professional services firms and public sector organisations in and around London for best practice sharing, topical discussions with key external diversity organisations and influencers, and also for networking opportunities between the network leaders. The TNON Gender Chapter launched in 2009 with the BAME Chapter following in 2012 and the LGBT Chapter in 2014. TNON participating organisations send representatives to meet quarterly to share best practice, hosted by a participating organisation. The focus is on supporting participants around employee network operations and raising awareness around current issues and opportunities for the respective diversity strands.

HIGHLY COMMENDED : York St John University LGBT Staff Network, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the City of York Council, LGBT History Month 2015

Following a successful first event in 2014, the LGBT Staff network at York St John University collaborated with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the City of York Council for LGBT History Month 2015 to host a half day conference exploring how employers can enable their staff to bring their whole selves into work. The aim was to highlight how being authentic at work can have a positive impact on every aspect of a business – from recruitment to morale to productivity. The purpose of the event was for staff to meet role models with personal experience of encouraging such change and walk away feeling equipped to bring their authentic selves into their workplace and it achieved this. Following the event, the City of York Council joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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