Major firms are vying for the British LGBT Awards

Major firms are vying for the British LGBT Awards

Business leaders and global corporations including Barclays, Citi and Goldman Sachs, have been shortlisted for a series of top accolades ahead of the Royal Bank of Scotland sponsored British LGBT Awards.

The event, dubbed Britain’s ‘gay Oscars’, will take place at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on 13 May.

Those on the shortlist have been praised by the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Angela Eagle MP, for their commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.

“The British LGBT Awards shine a light on the individuals and companies who are doing great things to promote diversity and show that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a barrier to success. Many of those shortlisted have demonstrated a track record of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.  I congratulate all of those on the shortlist and look forward to meeting the winners on 13 May,” Eagle commented.

In addition to the global banking giants, ‘golden circle’ law firm Clifford Chance, international computer firm IBM, Accenture and supermarket chain Asda are also in the running for awards.

They have all been shortlisted for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.

Aongus Hegarty, President of Dell Europe, Kevin Ellis, Managing Partner of PwC UK and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer for Unilever, are shortlisted for the ‘Corporate Straight Ally of the Year’ award. They face a battle against Government Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, who is shortlisted in the same category.

Other leading business names nominated for awards include Mark Anderson, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays.

Meanwhile, a number of rising corporate stars have been shortlisted for awards including Sarah Fennell, diversity and inclusion manager at HSBC, Andrew Barratt, former head of Ogilvy Pride.

A number of celebrities are also in the running for awards. TV funnyman Alan Carr, Paul O’Grady and Great British Bake Off star, Sue Perkins are all shortlisted. US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also recognised for her work to promote LGBT acceptance.