2018 BBA Nominees: Diversity & Inclusion Category

Oct. 29, 2018

By the conclusion of the 2018 British Business Awards (BBA) nomination period, on Thursday 18 October at noon, we had received 33 eligible nominations across 5 categories.

The following 6 companies are now in the running to lift the 2018 BBA Diversity & Inclusion trophy.

"Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, services or solutions in Japan over the past 18 months Nominees should not be NPOs."

This category is proudly sponsored by the British Council.

2018 BBA Diversity & Inclusion nominees 
(in alphabetical order): 

Custom Media


Custom Media practices and promotes diversity, equality and inclusion. Knowing that it is simply the right thing to do, CM employs 15 nationalities, and supports eight community causes, as well as treats fairly and equally all races, abilities, faiths, genders, orientations, ages, and appearances.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Japan is diverse and inclusive employer and a leader in promoting LGBT equality in Japan. The firm is proud to be a founding member of Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network (LLAN) and continues to lead and sponsor the Network both financially as well as operationally, helping to deliver a variety of LLAN projects and events.


GlaxoSmithkline K.K.

GSK has created an inclusive workplace to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures. In Japan, they have focused on building a vibrant organisation where all employees feel inspired, engaged and valued for their respective contributions. As well as supporting women in the workforce, the company has fostered an environment which welcomes different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells has been striving globally and locally to provide the most inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment possible. The firm has been working with a local government agency in Japan that assists mothers returning to work. They also run an award-winning global LGBT+ and Allies initiative. Specifically in Japan they run wellness and mental health campaigns, deliver women's group leadership seminars, and host parents group and ongoing LGBT+ events, annually.


Intralink Ltd.


The Intralink leadership team provides a dynamic, inclusive working environment for their bilingual business development professionals from 13 nations. Their people hail from a range of backgrounds - business, government and academia - and work interdependently in flexible teams. Their flat organisational structure maximises input from all staff, delivering excellent results for global clients.


Lloyd's Japan Inc. 



Bringing together various companies in the insurance industry, Lloyd's has recently led the launch of the internationally acclaimed "Dive In" diversity & inclusion festival in Japan. The aim of the festival is to pool resources, widen perspectives, and share best practice in diversity & inclusion in order to affect meaningful change faster.


The decision on a winning 2018 BBA entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score each submission using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 1 November 2018 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totaled for each nominee, and the nomination with the highest accumulative score is declared the category winner.

In the event of two nominees receiving the same final score, all judges will be asked to review their scores for these companies / individuals, and the submission with the highest score from this second round of judging will be declared the winner.

The final results remain confidential until the BBA ceremony - held on the evening of November 2 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

Good luck to all 2018 BBA nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories! www.bccjapan.com

Related media

2018 British Business Awards - gala event information HERE

2018 British Business Awards Judging process HERE

2018 British Business Awards - Meet the Judges HERE

2018 British Business Nominations CLOSED HERE