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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awards

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards seek to recognise both an individual and an organisation that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the promotion of EDI.


How to enter

Why take part

Register your interest


About the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Celebrating the cultural shift

In recent years, there has been a visible and much-needed shift within construction towards better awareness and acceptance of the benefits that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) provide in the workplace and wider society. The built environment is for everyone. The more diverse and inclusive the industry can become, the more it will serve the needs of our communities.

Both a company and an individual will receive an EDI Award. We’re looking for a company that recognises the importance of diversity in the workplace and creates an inclusive environment in which all employees feel valued and can thrive. The individual winner of this award could be an individual who’s acted as a senior role model, inspiring others to follow or overcome personal barriers to excel in their career, or they may have provided a passion for ensuring that all colleagues and members of the wider public feel valued and respected.

How to Enter

What you will need to complete your application or make a nomination

To enter, please complete the application form.

The extended submission deadline for this award is 17 June 2022.

The award is open to all UK based organisations and individuals working in the built environment.

The submitted evidence should be during the period from January 2021 to date.

The nominated organisation can be client of a CMYA entrant company (this year or previous years).

The Independent Testimonial must come from someone who is not part of the Company/does not work with the individual but with direct knowledge or experience of working with the Company/the individual.

Mark Burton MBE, Construction Manager of th Year 2021

The awards

Why take part?

40 years of excellence

Be part of the legacy – For over 40 years we have been recognising exceptional talent in the industry. Enter now and get the chance to boost your career.

Step forward and be recognised

The CIOB Awards recognise construction professionals from every discipline both site-based and non-site-based. Whether you’re looking after an individual project or multiple projects at once. We celebrate more than just a building.


It's free

The CIOB Awards are free to enter. It costs you nothing, just the time taken to complete your application.


Get Noticed

What we’re looking for

The award-winning company will have excelled in one or more of the following ways (please see application form for more examples):

  • Adopting a strategic approach to embedding a commitment to EDI in all areas of operation
  • Taking action to ensure a workforce profile that is representative of its client base and the community that it serves
  • Positive steps to train and develop diverse talent (including ex-service personnel and/or ex-offenders)
  • Addressing identified under-representation in senior roles in a sustainable manner


The winning individual may have contributed to positive change in the sector in any of the following ways (please see application form for more examples):

  • Acted as a senior role model, sponsor or ally in championing EDI in the professional workplace
  • Taken specific actions (e.g. addressing inappropriate language and/or harassment) to improve the workplace culture
  • Demonstrated a high level of employee engagement to identify sustainable approaches to embedding EDI
  • Acted as a visible role model providing inspiration to members of an under-represented groups both within and beyond their organisation

How to Enter

The CIOB Awards are open to both members and non-members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Why Enter?

People enter the CIOB Awards for all kinds of reasons but being a finalist is about more than just recognition.

Register Your Interest

Register to receive updates about the awards, including when they are open for new entries for the 2023 competition.

Contact Us

Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!


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Who can enter?

The EDI Award is open to both companies and individuals in the UK.

Is an award given to both a company and individual?

Yes, there will be one company winner and one individual winner.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners for both of the EDI Awards will be presented at our CIOB Awards evening, along with our other award winners.