Guidance & Criteria

Submission Guidance and Judging Criteria 

 

NOMINATIONS:  

Please use the forms found here to nominate an individual or organisation and provide a brief description of their project, programme, or initiative.  We are seeking ground-breaking initiative and examples of best practice which drive culture change, have measurable outputs, and can be replicated or adapted by other organisations.

We will contact nominees at the end of the nomination period to request a detailed submission and supporting evidence.

*This year individual awards have been added in order to recognise individual change-makers as well as organisations.

The nomination period closes on Thursday 9th November 2017.


AWARD SUBMISSIONS:

Nominees will be contacted at the end the nomination period and asked to provide a detailed submission along with supporting evidence and documentation.

Guidance on individual and organisational awards submissions is found below:

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: 

Please submit a description of your project/programme/initiative and its impact on cultural change in the workplace.

Each submission should be broken down into the four headings below:
(1) Overview;
(2) Strength of Business Case;
(3) Innovation; and
(4) Outputs.
In addition, it is important that each submission be accompanied by:
(5) Evidence (relevant documentary evidence supporting any of the headings,
including data, testimonials, research, etc.). Evidence will not count towards the
overall word limit.

OVERVIEW
Please provide an overview of your contributions to cultural change in the workplace. We want to know the details of your project/programme/initiative, the challenges it addresses, and what it has achieved. Please tell us your motivation for engaging in this work.

STRENGTH OF BUSINESS CASE
How has your initiative supported and strengthened your organisation’s
strategy or goals?
How is your initiative resourced, both in terms of budgets and staffing?
How have you gained support from senior management and
engagement across the business?

INNOVATION AND IMPACT
Please provide information on the unique or innovative aspects of your initiative.  We are particularly interested in individuals that demonstrate creative thinking focusing on cultural change, talent management, and/ or organisational well-being. We are not interested in “Diversity 101”, so please tell us what takes your impact outside of traditional diversity and inclusion initiatives such as employee network groups, basic training, mentoring and sponsorship, etc.

OUTPUTS
Please provide information on measurable outputs which demonstrate the
impact and success of your initiative on the business. How do you
evaluate success? Has this impacted your organization on a regional, national or
international level? How has this impacted your business from junior to senior,
board/C-suite levels?
We will only select an individual whose initiative has had a tangible outcome at the time of submission. It is critical that you can demonstrate that your initiative has been effective in achieving its goals and impacting on your business.

EVIDENCE
Please submit documentary evidence supporting any of the above. We ask that
you ensure that what you submit is clearly labelled, organised, and tailored for
your submission. Using a table of contents with a single PDF submission is
encouraged. How has this work been recognized internally and externally?
Please feel free to include testimonials from both inside and outside of your
business which support any of the above regarding your initiative.

 

ORGANISATIONAL AWARDS

Please submit a narrative description of your project/programme/initiative.

Each submission should be broken down into the four headings below:
(1) Overview;
(2) Strength of Business Case;
(3) Innovation; and
(4) Outputs.
In addition, it is important that each submission be accompanied by:
(5) Evidence (relevant documentary evidence supporting any of the headings,
including data, testimonials, research, etc.). Evidence will not count towards the
overall word limit.

OVERVIEW
Please provide an overview of your organisation and your initiative. We want to
know the details of your initiative, challenges it addresses, and what you hoped
to achieve. Please tell us the origin of the initiative.

STRENGTH OF BUSINESS CASE
How does your initiative fit within your organisation’s strategy or goals? How is
your initiative resourced, both in terms of budgets and staffing? Does your
initiative have support from senior management and engagement across the
business?

INNOVATION
Please provide information on the unique and innovative aspects of your
initiative. We are particularly interested in initiatives that demonstrate creative
thinking focusing on cultural change, talent management, and/or organisational
well-being. We are not interested in “Diversity 101″, so please tell us what takes
your initiative outside of traditional diversity and inclusion initiatives such as
employee network groups, basic training, mentoring and sponsorship, etc.

OUTPUTS
Please provide information on measurable outputs which demonstrate the
impact and success of your initiative on the business. How do you
evaluate success? Has this impacted your organization on a regional, national or
international level? How has this impacted your business from junior to senior,
board/C-suite levels?
We will only select initiatives which have a tangible outcome at the time of
submission. It is critical that you can demonstrate that your initiative has been
effective in achieving its goals and impacting on your business.

EVIDENCE
Please submit documentary evidence supporting any of the above. We ask that
you ensure that what you submit is clearly labelled, organised and tailored for
your submission. Using a table of contents with a single PDF submission is
encouraged. How has this work been recognized internally and externally?
Please feel free to include testimonials from both inside and outside of your
business which support any of the above regarding your initiative.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

If your submission or your organisation’s submission is selected, you will be notified during October and will be asked to schedule a time to record a short video about your initiative. For organisational award winners, we will ask that a senior representative from your organisation participate in the video.

You will be asked to provide all relevant background and supporting information. This is an essential requirement, as a goal of the Apollo Project is to ensure that other organisations have the tools needed to replicate and adapt each initiative.

By submitting an entry, you give permission for your submission, your supporting information, and your video to be featured on the Apollo Project website.

If your initiative is selected, it will be publicly announced on the Apollo Project website. It will also be featured at the Awards event in December 2017 and, subject to the editorial discretion of the FT, it may also feature in the FT global report.

 

For more information please contact:  dwinterfeldt@reedsmith.com

 


Judging Criteria

The judging panel will look at four areas:

  • Overview and description; 
  • Strength of Business Case;
  • Innovation; and
  • Outputs

The Apollo Project judging committee has the sole discretion as to which submissions are chosen for the Apollo Project, whether for any reason or no reason, and may, at its sole discretion, disclose, or refrain from disclosing, any such reason.

In instances where the judges have commercial or personal relationships with organisations or individuals, the judges will will recuse themselves and will not score that submission.

We will prepare written materials regarding selected initiatives based on the submissions and supporting materials. You agree that the InterLaw Diversity Forum owns the rights (such as copyright) to any materials that we create and you grant to the InterLaw Diversity Forum the right to use your submission to create such materials.

Download:

Apollo Project Phase Three: Winning Submissions Booklet

Apollo Project Phase Two: Winning Submissions Booklet

Apollo Project Phase One: Winning Submissions