2019 D&I in India Best Practice Conference & Awards

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
Our rigorous set of Awards - designed to drive and showcase D&I best practice in India.

Community Business’ inaugural D&I in India Best Practice Awards in 2018 recognised the exceptional dedication and accomplishments of organisations in promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in India. Widely acclaimed for its rigourous assessment and credibility, Community Business is extending these awards in 2019.

The Award Nomination process runs from May to August 2019 and the finalists of the 2019 D&I in India Best Practice Awards will be invited to showcase their approaches and share their learnings at a ½ day D&I in India Best Practice Conference taking place in Bangalore on 30 October 2019. 

This event will culminate in the prestigious 2019 D&I in India Best Practice Awards Ceremony where the winner of each Award will be announced.

The Awards

The 8 Award Categories are as follows:

Employee Network Award
To recognise an employee network that has played a proactive role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace in India.

Advancement of Women Award
To recognise a workplace initiative that has had a significant impact on supporting and promoting the advancement of women in India.

Disability Confidence Award
To recognise an organisation that has adopted a proactive approach to building disability confidence in the workplace in India.

LGBT+ Inclusion Award
To recognise an organisation that has adopted a proactive approach to creating an inclusive workplace for LGBT+ employees in India.

D&I Business Leader Award NEW
To recognise a senior executive or business leader who has used their personal passion, position and sphere of influence to champion the D&I agenda in India.

D&I Champion Of Change Award NEW 
To recognise an HR/D&I corporate professional who has been a visible and committed champion of change in advancing D&I in India – within their own organisation and beyond.

D&I Pioneering Initiative Award NEW 
To recognise a corporate initiative that has demonstrated a new, different or creative approach to promoting, and/or creating, understanding of D&I in India.

Promoting Social Inclusion Award NEW
To recognise an outstanding corporate initiative that has promoted the social inclusion of a diverse or under-represented group in the wider community* in India.  
*Note, this is not a workplace initiative


Nomination & Assessment

Differentiated by a rigorous assessment and judging process, the Awards will be open for nominations from 6 May – 16 August 2019. 


Award nominations should be made online via our dedicated Awards Platform

Award Nominations will be reviewed by senior representatives of Community Business. To ensure credibility and objectivity, shortlisted candidates (Finalists) will be invited to present to a Judging Panel, comprising at least 1 external judge.

Previous Judges can be viewed here

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Award nominations will be assessed based on the following assessment criteria:





The D&I in India Best Practice Awards are open to all companies with a commitment to advancing D&I in India. Participating organisations do not need to be a member of DIAN or DIAN India. Nominations should relate to India activities between May 2018 and August 2019.


Conference & Awards Ceremony

A key objective of these Awards is to facilitate the sharing of learnings and drive the wider adoption of best practice. 

To facilitate this, we are holding a ½ day Conference providing the opportunity for the finalists of the various Awards to participate in panel discussions sharing their approach and insights. 

The formal Conference programme will culminate in a celebratory Awards Ceremony where the winners of each Award will be revealed and presented with trophies.

Mark your calendar and book your table now!

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are offering a number of opportunities for sponsorship:

(US $10,000)​

Take centre stage in promoting your commitment to D&I best practices in India 

(US $5,000)​

Reinforce your leadership and endorse emerging D&I best practices in India ​

(US $4,000)​

Demonstrate your commitment to inclusion by supporting us to make this conference accessible for people with disabilities ​

Engage your key stakeholders – internal and external, and differentiate your brand ​