Barfoot & Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

Recognising diversity and inclusion leadership

The Barfoot & Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award recognises a company that has successfully developed and implemented a specific strategic programme (or significant long-term initiative) to achieve a substantial performance improvement in diversity and inclusion metrics.

The success of this programme will be demonstrated by material progress achieved to date and its ability to continue to enhance business performance and employee engagement over the longer term.

Follow the buttons below to enter for the award, and view reflections from last year’s winner. 

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Entries for this award category are open
from 1 June until 5pm, Friday 18 August 2023.

Award finalists will be announced on Friday 27 October 2023, with the winner announced at the Deloitte Top 200 awards show and gala dinner on Wednesday 6 December 2023 in Auckland.

Definitions and eligibility criteria


We understand diversity to refer to a broad range of differences among people, including: gender, ethnicity, age, religion, language, education, geography, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, work style, work experience, job role and function, thinking style, and personality type. Diversity can exist within both your current and potential employees, as well as within your customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.

refers to how your organisation recognises and leverages diversity, adapting your practices and behaviours to respond to people and ensure feelings of value and belonging.

Eligibility criteria

Applications for this award are open to all companies placed on the Deloitte Top 200 Index, Top 30 Financial Institutions Index or Top 10 Maori Business Index. The Top 200 indices can be found on the Top 200 website if you’d like to confirm company eligibility. 

Programmes must have been implemented for a minimum of two years to be able to demonstrate clear outcomes and material progress.

Judging process and shortlisting criteria

The Barfoot & Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award judging panel undertake a comprehensive review process to select three award finalists and a winner. The shortlisting criteria followed by the judging panel can be found here


Review of written applications

The judging panel undertakes a comprehensive review of all applications to identify a shortlist of organisations to take through to a panel interview. The shortlisting criteria used by the judging panel can be found here


Panel interviews

Shortlisted organisations will be asked to participate in a panel interview with the judging panel. A key representative(s) from the company who can speak to the impact achieved by the diversity and inclusion programme should attend this interview to allow the judges to draw out additional information. Panel interviews will be held at the Deloitte Auckland office on Monday 25 September. Please hold the date. Companies will be notified on 14 September whether they have been shortlisted.


Award finalists selected

Award finalists will be announced on Friday 27 October 2023 with the winner announced at the Top 200 awards show to be held on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.

For any questions, please reach out to the Deloitte Top 200 team at