Broadcaster and journalist Julie Etchingham is among the list of judges for Britain’s first awards scheme recognising religion and belief workplace provision. The ComRes Belief At Work awards, which are a brand new scheme to celebrate best practice in diversity and inclusion, following the groundbreaking Belief At Work study into faith in the British workplace, will be judged by a panel of business, media, community and faith leaders.
More names are expected to be announced following the General Election, and judges confirmed to date include:
Julie Etchingham, broadcaster and journalist
Stephen Cox, Fujitsu
Stephanie Biden, Bates Wells Braithwaite
Russell Parsons, Marketing Week
Padideh Sabeti, Bahai Society
Andrew Hawkins, ComRes
‘We already have an exciting range of people helping us judge these awards and we will confirm further names in a few weeks’ time’, said Katie Harrison, Director of ComRes Faith Research Centre. ‘This is a hugely important area for development in many workplaces, and it’s exciting to see good examples of employers listening and responding to colleagues. We’re seeing many workplace leaders develop an understanding that the religion and belief characteristic protected in the Equality Act presents a tremendous opportunity for talent recruitment, business development and employee wellbeing.’
ComRes recently published Belief At Work, which is the first study into faith in the British workplace. Belief At Work reported that up to a million people in Britain may be experiencing workplace discrimination relating to religion or belief and that while 75% of HR managers say they offer training and briefing about equality, diversity and inclusion, only 30% of workers report having being offered it.
Award nominations are invited for employers in the private, public and non-profit sector in England, Wales and Scotland before 16 June. To nominate an employer go to www.comresglobal.com/belief-at-work