BBA 2022 Nominees: Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Written by BCCJ
October 24, 2022


Written by BCCJ
October 24, 2022

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2022 (#BBA2022) nomination period, we had received 49 eligible nominations across 7 categories.

The following 11 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Diversity Equity and Inclusion trophy.

“Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months. Applicants should not be NPOs.”


BBA 2022 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

DE&I is embedded in every facet of what we do at A&O Tokyo. The positive impact our efforts have had on our teams, service delivery, strategy and market response, has been both inspiring and encouraging. We believe that by amplifying our voice in the community, we can continue to advocate for change alongside the wider business community in Japan.



Barclays Securities Japan Limited

At Barclays, we are committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture to provide equality of opportunity for diverse talent at all levels to grow. This year in Japan, we drove effective internal DEI initiatives through an Employee Resource Group, “Women’s Initiative Network (Win)” making a visible difference in workplace culture.


Black Women in Japan

We enjoy supporting our members, women of the African Diaspora (Europe, the U.K, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean, and Asia) living here in Japan. Our members have diverse needs, and BWIJ gives them a space for fellowship and life enhancement whilst celebrating Japanese and diverse Black cultures together. We consider DEI on a daily basis.


British Council Japan

British Council Japan is an excellent advocate for inclusion, having co-created many exemplary initiatives which work as both scalable and sustainable models. The team is dedicated to levelling the playing field for all, and for their vision, passion and commitment to forwarding DEI-based initiatives.


Dash Consulting Group

Dash Consulting is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through workplace initiatives by creating safe spaces focusing on gender and ethnic equality, healing workplace trauma in Japan and supporting sustainable development goals of economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

EY Japan Co.,Ltd.

EY Japan launched the “Diverse Abilities Center”, newly hiring 22 neurodiverse people on June 1st, 2022.



Global Perspectives

At Global Perspectives, we believe strong DEI awareness and practices should be a key component of any organisation’s sustainability ambitions. We work with Japanese and global organisations to ensure that different voices are recognised, valued and included in strategy creation, driving a fairer, more compassionate and sustainable world for all.


Guardian is an app designed to assist in the early detection of child abuse and other issues (including bullying and mental health). Guardian’s “diversity and inclusion” workshops aim to educate children about common root causes of these issues. Through Guardian, children can gain the awareness and confidence needed to identify issues independently, enabling them to become active bystanders to other children.


JAC Recruitment Co. Ltd.

JAC puts emphasis on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to cement the positive direction in which we look to develop as a company. We believe this to benefit not only our employees, but all of whom we engage with increasing awareness and taking responsibility for a more open and inclusive environment through LGBTQ inclusion, combating stereotypes and unconscious bias.



Menlo Park Capital is a venture capital firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship by investing in diverse founders over the course of 5 years. Globally, organisations are missing out on great development opportunities by not investing more heavily in women and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. We are taking proactive steps to address this disparity.

Sarah Furuya Creative 

Sarah Furuya runs SF Creative, a collection of creative services. She leads with coaching also conscious consumption through clothes swaps, storytelling on the Legends Podcast and community & collaboration through style, art and events. She is on the BoD of Refugee Empowerment International. Sarah believes in ‘commerce done differently’, an underlying ethos that sits right at the heart of her business.


The decision on a winning BBA 2022 entry is the result of the combined score of 7 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 31 October 2021 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totalled 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, 2022. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2022 judges – a truly great lineup 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.

John Amari | Writer and Innovation Consultant
Louise Dalgliesh | 
Assistant Coach, Japan Womens XV
Yoko Ishikura | 
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Adam Marshall CBE | 
Senior Adviser to HSBC UK/Former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce 
Mika Masuyama |
 President, Masuyama & Company
Andrew Ramroop OBE CMTT  | 
CEO, Maurice Sedwell (Savile Row) Ltd. / Principal, Savile Row Academy 
Hideo Suzuki | 
Executive Advisor, Nippon Steel