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What is The Blaze Inclusion Awards

The Blaze Awards celebrate and illuminate trailblazers – individuals and organizations from 8 Nordic countries – who actively and passionately uplift Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives in their workspaces, communities and society overall.

Our Goal

Blaze Inclusion Awards (BIA) was initiated when Diversify identified a need to be aware of and highlight people and companies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland that are actively working towards an equitable and inclusive society. In our experience, these people and their work do not often get the recognition they deserve.

BIA also aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of implementing intentional and measurable DEIB strategies across all social and professional structures. To date, DEIB is still considered as a “nice-to-have”, instead of a “need-to-have” in companies and communities across the Nordics. We are on a mission to change this.

How The Blaze Inclusion Awards works

Round 1 – Nomination Period
01/02/2024 – 24/03/2024
BIA is launched with a nomination period which will start in January 2023 and will last for two months. During that period everyone is invited to nominate an individual or a company/organisation they think should participate in one of the categories for BIA (see below).

Round 2 – National Voting Period
06/05/2024 – 15/07/2024
In March, the top 6 nominees in each category within each country will be announced and the National Voting Period will commence. During the national voting period everyone can vote for the nominee they think deserves to be recognized for their work in DEIB.

Round 3
13/07/2024 – 28/09/2024
The country winners (finalists) within each category will progress to the Jury Voting. This round will open in July, and will determine the Blaze Inclusion Awards winners.

Nominated individuals and/or companies must be based and operate in the specific country they are nominated in. Upon nomination Diversify will carry out a background check of the operations and achievements of the nominees within the DEIB field. In case of finding no trace of activities within the DEIB field, the nominees will be disqualified.

We accept nominations of individuals and/or companies/organisations from all sectors (public, private, non-profit) who/which actively and passionately advocate for and lead the way for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society and workspaces.

Timeline for the Blaze Inclusion Awards 2024

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There are no costs associated with inclusion in the BIA. We’re proudly not a pay-to-play award. The nominations, voting and selection of winners, is a democratic process and community led.

We appreciate that this might’ve come as a surprise so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Categories

The Trailblazer

An individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and proactiveness in the DEIB field in the past year.

The Catalyst

An organisation that works to externally advance equality and equity on gender, race, ethnicity, disability inclusion, sexual orientation, and/or religion within society. A catalyst for change.

The Synergist

A truly diverse workplace, where there is representation across all company functions. Internally, staff members thrive, have equitable opportunities, are included and valued as they are.

The Guardian

An individual/company who/that actively works or advocates for inclusive sustainability interventions and climate justice.

The Spark

Individual or a media house who/that continuously engages in diverse and inclusive thought-leadership. Here, representation of diverse people and stories matters.

The Groundbreaker

A company/start-up/scale-up with a product or service that is diverse, inclusive, innovative and responsible.

The Rising

An individual or organization championing opportunity for young people. diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically among younger generations.

The Anchor

A standout leader who practices what they preach and actively models equity and inclusion in all they do.

The Maverick

An individual/organisation in the arts and culture sector that shakes and interrupts the status quo, propelling us towards inclusion and creating space for nuanced perspectives.

The Flame

Workplace or an individual advancing women in technology with an intersectional lens.

The Pioneer

Highlighting design innovations and projects that prioritize accessibility, inclusivity, and usability for people of all abilities and backgrounds.

The Blaze

A lifetime achievement award to an individual/organisation with a lifetime commitment to inclusive practices.

The Trailblazer

An individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and proactiveness in the DEIB field in the past year.

The Catalyst

An organisation that works to externally advance equality and equity on gender, race, ethnicity, disability inclusion, sexual orientation, and/or religion within society. A catalyst for change.

The Synergist

A truly diverse workplace, where there is representation across all company functions. Internally, staff members thrive, have equitable opportunities, are included and valued as they are.

The Guardian

An individual/company who/that actively works or advocates for inclusive sustainability interventions and climate justice.

The Spark

Individual or a media house who/that continuously engages in diverse and inclusive thought-leadership. Here, representation of diverse people and stories matters.

The Groundbreaker

A company/start-up/scale-up with a product or service that is diverse, inclusive, innovative and responsible.

The Anchor

A standout leader who practices what they preach and actively models equity and inclusion in all they do.

The Rising

An individual or organization championing opportunity for young people. diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically among younger generations.

The Maverick

An individual/organisation in the arts and culture sector that shakes and interrupts the status quo, propelling us towards inclusion and creating space for nuanced perspectives.

The Pioneer

Highlighting design innovations and projects that prioritize accessibility, inclusivity, and usability for people of all abilities and backgrounds.

The Flame

Workplace or an individual advancing women in technology with an intersectional lens.

The Blaze

A lifetime achievement award to an individual/organisation with a lifetime commitment to inclusive practices.

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Nominated individuals and/or companies must be based and operate in the specific country they are nominated in. Upon nomination Diversify will carry out a background check of the operations and achievements of the nominees within the DEIB field. In case of finding no trace of activities within the DEIB field, the nominees will be disqualified.

We accept nominations of individuals and/or companies/organisations from all sectors (public, private, non-profit) who/which actively and passionately advocate for and lead the way for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society and workspaces.

Enter your information using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Kimya Sajjadi

Founder of Big Enough Global

Kimiya Sajjadi is the founder of Big Enough Global. She has been nominated as one of Dagens Naeringsliv´s 30 under 30 leaderstars. She studied law for 2.5 years before she decided to be a full time entrepreneur. Today she also serves as a board member for to companies, and works as a columnist for E24. She also helps companies in the private and public sector with their diversity and inclusion strategies.

Chi Lee (They/Them)

DEIB Advocate

Chi Lee has a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.  For over two decades, they have been a freelance consultant for design/build studios working with global retail companies. Chi previously worked as a liaison and organizer for Arts for Humanity, a non-profit bringing the arts to underserved communities. They have also served as a translator for Four Seas Group, a Chinese-American non-profit increasing accessibility to the performance arts for local communities.

Anthony Kalinde

Stand-up Comedian

Born in Malawi and raised in 7 countries by the time he was 21, Anthony Kalinde has lived, studied and worked in different countries across several continents, giving him a uniquely international perspective. By day, Tony is an IT consultant. But don’t let that fool you! His fast, intense, observational wit is anything but dry.

Numa Edema

Singer-Songwriter

Numa Edema is a Norwegian singer-songwriter.  He made a mark as one of the greatest and most innovative soul artists in Norway. With his hit Delta Man, he charmed the entire country with folk-inspired soul. He has released 2 albums and 1 EP. He has played for Nobel Peace Prize winners and toured the United States with Stephen Stills and Judy Collins. He has also performed at Lindmo, TV-aksjonen and during the medal ceremony for the 2016 World Biathlon Championships at Universitetsplassen in Oslo.

 
 

Sunniva Lundh

Singer and Composer

Sunniva Lundh is an artist, composer and singer. She released her debut album Contradictions in January 2019 with excellent reviews and a 5/6. Her album was named one of the best albums in 2019 by thewilhelmsens.com. Sunniva Lundh has been featured on a number of Spotify playlists, including Nu-Blu, New Music. While her first album had a more experimental sound, her second album, Fall from Grace, is slightly more down to earth and acoustic.