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The European Diversity Awards, recognised as the world’s leading diversity awards, will take place at London’s Natural History Museum in October.

The awards emphasise all aspects of diversity across the whole of Europe celebrating organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Previous winners have included Doreen Lawrence OBE, who campaigns on human rights and for victims of hate crimes, and Frank Gardiner, the BBC correspondent who was shot six times by Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and returned to the workplace as a wheelchair user.

Last year, the awards received more than 500 nominations, including those of people working for the advancement of women in business, LGBT services, rights for ethnic minorities and transgender support, among others.

Organisers say this year’s awards are more important than ever as people achieve their best when they can feel comfortable being who they are.

European Diversity Awards founder Linda Riley said: “The awards are to honour individuals and organisations who work to help create a fairer, more inclusive society, making Europe a better place. Our awards reflect a global view – because what happens in one country affects another.”

Nominations will be considered over the summer by a diverse panel of judges including Lord Cashman, Vincent Francois, Chief Audit Executive, Societe Generale, Anthony Watson, President of Uphold and Diversity Lead at KPMG, Claire Harvey.

Over six hundred guests from across Europe will attend the glittering ceremony on Thursday 6th October, hosted by actress Sophie Ward.

Proud to be supporting the event, Sophie said: “The European Diversity Awards celebrate the important work that is being done for diversity by the nominees in communities and by corporations across Europe, and I am honoured to be be hosting this year’s event.”

Nominations are now open via the European Diversity Awards website.

Categories include Journalist of the Year, Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year, Campaigner of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To nominate a company, charity, or individual, send a short statement about the nominee and evidence of the impact they have made on diversity and inclusion in their field. Entries are free.

Closing date is Wednesday 1st June 2016.

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