Community Business, a leading not-for-profit organisation advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia, revealed the winners of its 2018 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
Established in 2014, the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards are the first annual awards honouring and celebrating LGBT+ inclusion in Hong Kong. Community Business introduced several new award categories in 2018, bringing the total this year to 12. The award nominations were assessed based on the extent to which they are strategic, proactive, impactful and sustainable in order to recognise a public figure who has used their influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion in Hong Kong.
Here is the list of winners:
|1||LGBT+ Network AwardSponsored by J.P. Morgan||HSBC Pride HKHSBC|
|2||LGBT+ Newcomer AwardSponsored by HSBC||Thomson Reuters|
|3||Transgender Inclusion Award||Henry Tse|
|4||Lesbian Inclusion Award||Celine TanHSBC|
|5||LGBT+ Mentoring AwardSponsored by KPMG||Goldman Sachs|
|6||LGBT+ Marketing Campaign AwardSponsored by Citibank||Rainbow LionsHSBC|
|7||LGBT+ Inclusion Champion AwardSponsored by Morgan Stanley||Henry LiEversheds Sutherland|
|8||LGBT+ Ally AwardSponsored by Goldman Sachs||Su-Ling VoonMorgan Stanley|
|9||LGBT+ Executive Sponsor Award(Joint Winner)Sponsored by Telstra||Stewart ChippindaleLinklaters|
|Wanda TungNomura International (Hong Kong) Limited|
|10||LGBT+ Community Impact Award(Joint Winner)Sponsored by Goldman Sachs||GDotTV|
|11||LGBT+ Advocacy AwardSponsored by Manulife||Peter ReadingEqual Opportunities Commission|
|12||LGBT+ Public Champion AwardSponsored by Hotel ICON||Dr. Brenda R. Alegre|
“We applaud the award winners for the outstanding work that they are doing for Hong Kong,” said Fern Ngai, chief executive officer of Community Business. “Each of the 12 awards acknowledges an important part of the overall effort which collectively makes Hong Kong a more inclusive city, both in the workplace and in the wider community. ”
“Yet there is much more work to be done. It’s time for change and Hong Kong needs each of every one of us to continue to show leadership and dedication to this cause, inspiring more companies, organisations and individuals to follow,”added Ngai.
As a part of the #Time4ChangeHK campaign, Community Business has also released a video to illustrate that as human beings we are all unique, no matter our sexual orientation or gender identity and that this should not define how society treats or perceives us as individuals.
By inviting leading LGBT+ champions from Hong Kong’s business and wider communities, Community Business hopes to encourage people to be bold and courageous in standing up for LGBT+ inclusion and equality within their organisations and beyond.