Inclusivity in Publishing Award launched

Inclusivity in Publishing Award launched

An Inclusivity in Publishing Award has been launched by the Publishers Association (PA) and the London Book Fair (LBF), recognising companies that have demonstrated commitment to improving inclusivity across the publishing ecosystem.

The award has been launched today (15th November), on the same day as the first Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference.

UK publishers are eligible to apply for the award, which could recognise diversity in areas such as content produced; marketing strategies and activities that engaged diverse audiences; or commitment to the improvement of diversity in the workforce.

The PA’s c.e.o Stephen Lotinga said there has “never been a greater need to have a more inclusive publishing industry” ‎and that “publishers are at the heart of driving change”.

“From the publishing workforce through to the publishing and promotion of diverse works, publishers are able to drive the change that is needed throughout the ecosystem,” he said. “We're delighted that this award will recognise a publisher that has implemented initiatives that have resulted in actual change.”

The Inclusivity in Publishing Award is supported by Equip, a network run by the PA and IPG providing support for people looking for jobs in publishing, promote publishing as a career, support members with information and advice, and host seminars and networking events.

UK publishers will be eligible to apply for the award, nominating themselves or a third party via this link.

The Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference takes place today at 15 Hatfields, London, exploring how the publishing industry can ensure it reflects the diversity of British society. It is jointly chaired by broadcaster Rosie Goldsmith and journalist Arifa Akbar. Updates on Twitter can be followed with this hashtag #inclusivityconf16.