Bournemouth-based insurer, LV=, has been nominated for the 'Diverse Company of the Year' award at the 2016 National Diversity Awards.
The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.
LV= has a strong Diversity and Inclusion programme which ensures the business provides inclusive products for its customers, and that the workplace is accessible and inclusive for all. LV= has engaged its employees through forums, such as the PACE  network of 800 women, to inform its approach and ensure that real progress is made on this important issue.
LV= employee, Debbie Cannon, has also been nominated in the awards for the 'LGBT Role Model Award'. Debbie is an LGBTQ and trans-inclusion expert and was heavily involved in the development of LV='s Pride network for the LGBTQ community.
Debbie has been transitioning since 2012 and is the founder of the LGBTQ Support Network in Bournemouth, as well as a founding member of the Dorset LGB&T Equality Network. Since 2015 she has worked with Diversity Role Models, who actively seek to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools.
Julia Tyson, Group Director of HR at LV=, said:
"We are delighted to have been nominated for the 'Diverse Company of the Year' award. Every aspect of diversity matters to us at LV= and we strive to ensure this is reflected throughout our culture and processes. We are also extremely proud that one of our own employees, Debbie Cannon, has been nominated for an award for the inspiring work she does on LGBTQ issues."
The National Diversity Awards 2016, in association with Microsoft, will be held in Liverpool on September 16th. Some of Britain's most inspirational people will come together to honour individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.
Olympic Diver Tom Daley said:
"The National Diversity Awards is a true celebration. A celebration of role models and community organisations who are having a huge impact on people lives. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation or disability. I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year's National Diversity Awards."
Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards said:
"It is an honour to witness the extraordinary journeys of Britain's unsung diversity heroes, and we will continue to recognise their extraordinary achievements during 2016. I know another fantastic spectacle of role models will be delivered and recognised this year."
Nominations are now open and close June 20th 2016 so don't miss out on the chance to get involved and vote for nominees. Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.
To vote for LV= or Debbie Cannon please visit: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk
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