Our Mission: Fairness
for all, everywhere

1997

The Investors in Diversity Award became an idea and was discussed at the Manchester offices of the old Commission for Racial Equality.

1997
Winter of 2004

Post 9/11 discussions with the old Commission for Racial Equality began again with renewed determination to make the Investors in Diversity Award a reality.

Winter of 2004
Summer of 2005

A steering group of EDI experts, academics, Chief Executives from all three sectors and psychologists gathered to create a set of standards which would ensure organisations could achieve a positive culture change.

Summer of 2005
June 2005

The National Centre for Diversity was founded by our CEO Solat Chaudhry.

June 2005
Autumn 2005

The first draft of the Investors in Diversity Award Standards were put out to consultation to organisations across all sectors; including IBM, National Learning Skills Council, the Department for Education and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Autumn 2005
April 2006

The Investors in Diversity Award was launched at the House of Commons by the then Chief Executive of IBM, Larry Hirst, the then Secretary of State Rt Honourable Hilary Benn and the then President of the British Chamber of Commerce.

April 2006
November 2006

Park Lane College became the first organisation to be accredited with the Investors in Diversity Award.

November 2006
March 2007

First Bus Hampshire became the first Private Sector organisation to be accredited with the Investors in Diversity Award.

March 2007
Autumn 2009

Working closely with finance giants Aon, the EDI Diagnostics were developed.

Autumn 2009
2009

The Investors in Diversity Award was further developed to form Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Leaders in Diversity Award.

2009
July 2012

The Investors in Diversity/ Leaders in Diversity Award Standards were revised and updated.

July 2012
June 2015

10 Year Anniversary of the National Centre for Diversity.

June 2015
September 2015

The National Patrons Network held their first meeting in the House of Commons.

September 2015
December 2015

Masters in Diversity (Executive Leadership programme) development began.

December 2015
January 2016

We hosted our first Grand Awards event and announced our first NCFD Top 100 Index.

January 2016
February 2017

The Irish Centre for Diversity is founded, working with organisations such as Nestle, AIB, the Royal College of Surgeons and Dublin City University. Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE).

February 2017
December 2017

The National Centre for Diversity undertook a fundamental review of the Investors in Diversity/ Leaders in Diversity Award Standards, and the standards were developed and revised.

December 2017
January 2018

We create our own In-House theatre group – Diversi-theatre.

January 2018
April 2018

NEWTEC became the first organisation to achieve Masters in Diversity.

April 2018
Summer 2019

The National Centre for Diversity rebrands.

Summer 2019

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