BBA 2023 Nominees: Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Written by BCCJ
October 11, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 11, 2023

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2023 (#BBA2023) nomination period, we had received 45 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 6 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 2023 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

Catherine O’Connell Law

The legal industry and corporate board rooms in Japan are male dominated. The “how to” of advancing as a woman law firm partner, general counsel, and getting a seat on a board is shrouded in secrecy. Leveraging her experience breaking the bamboo-ceiling in Japan, Catherine’s DEI initiatives are game-changing.


Guardian Inc. is addressing important issues, such as child abuse and bullying, ensuring children’s needs are prioritised. Through the SOS communication support system, kimino micata, children can communicate with people they trust. Through creating an environment where children feel safe, we aim for children to comfortably raise their voices.


Jennifer Shinkai

As a facilitator, coach and podcaster focusing on Ikigai and Inclusion, Jennifer Shinkai has a unique approach to DEI in Japan. She concentrates on quality of life and intentionally creating inclusive spaces. Participants embrace their own rich internal diversity first, and then apply curiosity to develop a wider sense of belonging in the community.


Johnson Matthey

Our ambition recognizes that Diversity, Equality and Inclusion as well as belonging (DEI&B) are fundamental to who we are and our success, and is part of our wider sustainability strategic goals, enhancing Employee Engagement. As our commitment, we would also promote best practice sharing  within the BCCJ network.


Odgers Berndtson

As one of the world’s leading executive search firms, we are committed to using our global voice and network to change social inequality and injustice. We aim to help our clients address their diversity challenges and create a more equal playing field for all emerging and aspiring leaders.


The Economist Group 

We actively foster an environment where all are seen, heard and supported to succeed. Our colleagues are our greatest asset and we actively invest in our people and their professional development. In line with our company’s mission and values, we actively work to attract, recruit, support and retain the best talent from a diversity of backgrounds.


The decision on a winning BBA 2023 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 October 27 2023 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, 2023. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE


Introducing our BBA 2023 judges – a truly great lineup of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK-Japan relations! This esteemed panel of judges are currently putting into practice their expertise and specialist experience to decide which companies and individuals should receive a prestigious BBA trophy. Judging period October 9 – October 27.

Hiroyo Hiramatsu | Director, Numbering Plan Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Kazuki Yamada | Conductor, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Greg Clark | UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Japan
Moriaki (Mori) Kida | Chairperson and CEO, EY Japan
Mitsuru Claire Chino | Managing Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Communications Division, ITOCHU Corporation
Lubna Shuja | President of the Law Society of England and Wales & Nick Emmerson | Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales