DI Top 50


Diverse Magazine’s Top 50 UK Companies is the online survey site for Diverse Magazine and highlights excellence in UK diversity performance across the nine protected characteristics:

Race – refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Sex – A man or a woman.

Sexual orientation – Whether a person’s sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.

Disability – A person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Age – This refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 32 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 – 30 year olds).

Religion and belief – Religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and philosophical beliefs including lack of belief (e.g. Atheism). Generally, a belief should affect your life choices or the way you live for it to be included in the definition.

Gender reassignment – The process of transitioning from one gender to another.

Marriage and civil partnership – Marriage is defined as a ‘union between a man and a woman’. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as ‘civil partnerships’. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.

Pregnancy and maternity – Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.


This UK wide Diversity & Inclusion League Table recognises public, private and third sector employers across the country that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. They are also the top 50 corporate and organisational buyers of diversity products and services throughout the country. The list represents performance amongst Women, Blacks, Asians, Disabled, LGBT, Faith and other minority groups, across all sectors.

While other awards and “top” lists highlight organisations for overall economic growth, returns to shareholders and similar metrics, the Diversity & Inclusion Top 50 UK Companies list is an indicator of which public, private and third sector organisations provide the best environment for diverse employees and the most business for diversity-owned companies. In a marketplace that is increasingly as sensitive to diversity as it is to revenues, recognising the top buyers of multicultural products and services is becoming a natural part of the new socioeconomic food chain.

Entry on the list is dependent on the organisation being evaluated, based on our specially formulated surveys that comprises more than 200 empirical questions, which have predetermined weightings. The survey examine equality and diversity performance in relation to:

  • Owner and Senior Management commitment to Equality and Diversity
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Community engagement

As multicultural groups gain more buying power and their lifestyles become more affluent, multicultural markets are growing in economic muscle. This in turn attracts more corporations, as they compete for market share in multicultural communities. The Diversity & Inclusion Top 50 UK Companies list will become, by virtue of association, a consumer guide of sorts for diverse business, people and consumers.

The organisations on the list may use the official logo for recruitment and promotional purposes for an entire year until the next year’s winners are released. The winners are published in special editions of Diverse Magazine and also presented at the annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference.

Eligibility Requirements: Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the UK may be nominated for the Top 50 list. Employers of any size are eligible, whether private, public or third sector.

Nomination Process: Anyone can nominate a company for the list. Once we receive the nominations our team of experts will contact the companies to complete the evaluation process. All nominated organisations must be approved by the Advisory Board before they are contacted to go through the evaluation process.

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