Common Purpose Charitable Trust has been shortlisted for the Best Diversity Resource award in the national Excellence in Diversity Awards 2015. The award recognises Common Purpose as an organisation that has shown outstanding dedication to supplying diversity related resources such as jobsites, diversity training programmes, e-learning and diversity marks. A panel of judges including Andy Woodfield PwC, Miranda Wayland ITV, and Dianah Worman OBE gathered to finalise the widely anticipated shortlist.

Common Purpose has been nominated and shortlisted because of the host of programmes on offer which promote and support diversity and inclusion, in particular the Frontrunner for Disabled Students programme (run in association with Santander and EY) which provides real opportunities and skills that students can take forward and use in their future careers as well as empowering a significant minority group - helping to grow a future generation of disabled leaders. We are also committed to designing bespoke programmes with a focus upon Diversity and Inclusion. We work with organisations to build their leadership in this space and, through our techniques, expose them to others outside their organisations who are developing and succeeding in Diversity and Inclusiveness.

The Excellence in Diversity Awards, in association with the National Diversity Awards is holding the awards ceremony, honouring the work of inclusive employers and unsung diversity champions across the UK, at The Manchester Midland hotel on May 14th. The awards recognise excellence in all areas of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion, as well as highlighting inclusive employers and employees across housing, public, private, charity and education sectors. With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, the Excellence in Diversity Awards recognises the importance of rewarding organisations that challenge discrimination and unite workforces to benefit from the growth of diverse employees, showcasing diversity runs throughout the very heart of what they do.

Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who has continuously campaigned for disability rights, said, "If we do not champion people's diversity in Britain, whether that be in employment, education or full access to public life, then we cannot call ourselves progressive, inclusive and successful human beings. I cannot think of anyone who would want that, but sometimes we need role models to help show us the way.

These awards will help society to understand and learn what it means to genuinely include all diverse people in our communities. To be part of that process is very important to me".

Thomson Reuters, CIPD and Action for Children are amongst those supporting the campaign to reward organisations that operate across all aspects of diversity.

You can read more about the awards on their website here.