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2020 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards finalists announced

Hong Kong-based not-for-profit firm Community Business has announced the finalists for this year's 2020 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards.

The Awards, which were established in 2015, recognise Hong Kong business' efforts to promote LGBT+ equality and inclusion.

The nominations take into account nominees' creative, impactful, proactive, strategic, and sustainable ways in which they promote their efforts. The ceremony will be held at a gala dinner in July.

Community Business CEO Peter Sargant says this year's nominee pool is once again strong.

“It is encouraging that, as we celebrate the sixth year of these awards, LGBT+ inclusion appears to have become central to D-I strategies in Hong Kong. I look forward to celebrating the achievements of the community from the other side of the fence this year as I step into my new role as CEO of Community Business. Thank you to everyone who submitted and made it possible for us to proceed with each of these awards. I was extremely impressed by the work that is being undertaken and I wish good luck to each of the finalists as they meet with the judging panel,” Sargant adds.

The categories and finalists are below.

LGBT+ Network Award sponsored by Credit Suisse 

To recognise an employee network that has played a proactive role in promoting LGBT+ inclusion and demonstrating strong engagement with, and commitment to, local Hong Kong LGBT+ employees.

  • HSBC, HSBC Pride HK 
  • J.P. Morgan, J.P. Morgan PRIDE Hong Kong 
  • Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited, Nomura LGBT+ Network AEJ 
  • Thomson Reuters, Pride at Work 

 LGBT+ Newcomer Award sponsored by HSBC 

To recognise an organisation which has recently started on its LGBT+ inclusion journey in Hong Kong (within the last 2 years) and has made significant progress.

  • Eaton HK 
  • Manulife 
  • Marriott International 

LGBT+ Executive Sponsor Award 

To recognise a senior executive sponsor based in Hong Kong who has spoken up and used their influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.

  • Bill Greene, Morgan Stanley 
  • Matt Bower, Allen - Overy 
  • Richard John Seeley, HSBC 

LGBT+ Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by Thomson Reuters 

To recognise an LGBT+ employee based in Hong Kong who has taken proactive and effective steps to promote an LGBT+ inclusive culture in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.

  • Caxton Chung, Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited 
  • Jennifer Feng, Kirkland - Ellis 
  • Louis Ng, Fidelity International 
  • Michael Lam, Goldman Sachs 

LGBT+ Ally Award sponsored by AXA 

To recognise a non-LGBT+ individual who has demonstrated personal passion and commitment to promoting LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.

  • Imaan Bhatia, HSBC 
  • Nathalie Hobbs, Linklaters 
  • Sean Navin, Goldman Sachs 

LGBT+ Advocacy Awards sponsored by Manulife 

To recognise an individual or organisation which has contributed to the advancement of LGBT+ equality and inclusion in Hong Kong through advocating for legal and/or social change.

  • Allen - Overy and Equal Opportunities Commission 
  • Love Unbounded 
  • Dr Travis S K Kong, The University of Hong Kong 

LGBT+ Community Impact Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs 
Community Business is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to improve their positive impact on people and communities. Page 3 of 4 To recognise a community-based LGBT+ initiative that has had a significant positive impact in promoting LGBT+ inclusion in Hong Kong.

  • Gay - Grey, The Unforgettable and the Unspoken Voice 
  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 
  • Les Corner Empowerment Association, Supporting Lesbians – Away from Domestic Violence Project

LGBT+ Youth Champion Award 

To recognise a young person (age 30 and below) who has advocated for and championed LGBT+ inclusion in Hong Kong, or a community organisation which has advocated for and championed LGBT+ youth inclusion in Hong Kong. Eligibility: An individual (aged 30 and below) or community organisation based in Hong Kong.

  • Aaron Chan Chun Tat, DLA Piper Hong Kong 
  • Gary Lee, Standard Chartered Bank (HK) 
  • Ryan Fung, Hustle4Diversity and Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited
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