BBA 2020 Nominees: Diversity and Inclusion

Written by BCCJ
October 28, 2020


Written by BCCJ
October 28, 2020

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2020 (#BBA2020) nomination period, we had received 37 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 3 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Diversity and 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.”


BBA 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

EY WABN expanded globally to U.K, Europe, Americas, Japan and Asia Pacific markets. The network includes Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes from different races and sports. EY business mentors help unlock the leadership potential of women athletes, and support the transition from sports to careers in business and entrepreneurship.

Freshfields Japan is promoting Japan to minority groups, including university students of colour, via innovative conversations with Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholars. Launched by Freshfields in 2013, the Scholarship seeks to address the disproportionate under-representation of black men from less socially mobile backgrounds in corporate law and other fields.

Robert Walters Japan believes that diversity and inclusion are integral to our purpose of “powering people and organisations to fulfil their unique potential.” We actively promote female participation, LGBT inclusion, and diversity in the workplace through numerous initiatives and support organisations that drive the advancement of D&I in Japan.


The decision on a winning BBA 2020 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score assigned submissions using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 3 November 2020 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 5, 2020 online. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE

Good luck to all BBA 2020 nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories!


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2020 judges – a truly great line up of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK-Japan relations! This esteemed panel of judges will put into practice their expertise and specialist experience to decide which companies and individuals should receive a prestigious BBA trophy.

Koji Tsuruoka | Former Japanese Ambassador to the UK
Anna Dingley | Founder Japan Connect Ltd.  Non-Executive Director, Nihon M&A Centre Inc. Japan
Robin Takashi Lewis | Co-founder, mymizu / Representative Director, Social Innovation Japan
Sue Kinoshita | Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy, The British Embassy Tokyo
Susumu Kaminaga | 
Former President of Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd.
Carolyn Burnett & Kaori Hida | 
Japan House London

More information on all the BBA 2020 judges HERE