ERG Impact Awards
Formerly known as the Above and Beyond Awards, Seramount’s Annual Employee Resource Group (ERG) Awards-Recognition Program!
Employee resource groups, their leaders, and allies deserve recognition for the critical contributions they make to drive change in their workplaces and communities. The ERG Impact Awards offer the opportunity for organizations to nominate outstanding groups, leaders, and/or members of their ERGs in multiple categories including: Business Impact, Community Impact, Workforce Impact, Workplace Culture Impact, ERG Collaboration, Trailblazer, Valued Ally, and ERG Leadership.
2023 Applications are now closed.
Honorees (winners and honorable mentions) receive one complementary ticket to attend and be recognized at our annual EmERGe conference in Spring 2024. Winners will receive one in-person ticket and honorable mentions will receive one virtual ticket.
On this page you will find:
- A high-level timeline for the ERG Impact Awards, including due dates, notification dates and award presentation dates
- Registration links to our virtual Info Sessions
- Instructions on how to nominate an ERG or individual for an ERG Impact Award
- Frequently asked questions
- Best practice examples from previous honorees
- Descriptions of each award category
- Online nomination forms and Word files of the application questions
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- Info Session at our annual ERG Summit, EmERGe, in May 2023
- Nominations for the 2023 ERG Impact Awards open June 1, 2023
- Monthly virtual info sessions June – August 2023
- Nominations due August 11, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- Awardee notifications go out in late February 2024
- Awards will be presented at EmERGe in Spring 2024
Info Session Materials
The ERG Impact Awards team hosted three info sessions that reviewed the basics of the awards and nomination process while answering any general questions you may have. Below is a copy of the deck, along with an on-demand recording of a session:
ERG Impact Awards are presented in group and individual categories. Descriptions of each category are provided below, along with links to the online nomination form and Word file applications. All nominations must be submitted via the online form. Word file applications will not be accepted.
Further nomination instructions can be found in the FAQ document below
Frequently Asked Questions
View our list of FAQs here.
Best Practices from Previous Honorees
Watch how we’ve honored the 2022 awardees at our 2022 EmERGe event in this video:
ERG Impact Award Categories
Below is a description of each category and a link to the nomination application. Links and Word files to the nomination applications to come!
Groups nominated in this category have made a significant contribution to their organization’s business goals. Examples of areas of impact include, but are not limited to, product insights/development/innovation, supplier diversity, marketing, brand reputation (e.g., customer service enhancements) and other business operations.
Groups nominated in this category have made a significant contribution to the communities in which their organization does business. Examples of areas of impact include, but are not limited to, educational/vocational opportunities for underserved populations, environmental sustainability, disaster relief and overall health of a community.
Groups nominated in this category have made a significant contribution to an organization’s efforts to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent. Examples of areas of impact include, but are not limited to, pipeline development, recruitment, onboarding, mentorship/sponsorship and internal leadership development programming.
Workplace Culture Impact
Groups nominated in this category have made a significant contribution to an organization’s inclusive culture. Examples of areas of impact include, but are not limited to, employee engagement, promoting inclusive behaviors, benefits/policies and procedures, and workplace design/accessibility.
Groups nominated in this category have made a significant collaborative effort to contribute to their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in relation to business, community, workforce, and/or workplace culture impact. To be considered for this award, at least two or more ERGs must have collaborated together on an initiative within one of the areas of impact above.
To be considered for this award, groups MUST come from a small organization with less than or equal to 2,500 total (global, if applicable) permanent employees AND/OR have two or less years of ERG maturity at an enterprise level. Groups nominated in this category have made a significant trailblazing effort to contribute to their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in relation to business, community, workforce, and/or workplace culture impact despite their size, limited resources, and age since initial ERG charter.
An individual nominated for the Valued Ally Award must be an executive sponsor, program director or ally who contributes to the success of one or more ERGs by providing support, outstanding guidance and exposure. Examples of ways individuals contribute as valued allies include, but are not limited to, leveraging their position within the company to influence senior leadership and build engagement of the C-suite in DEI and the work of Employee Resource Groups, showing a commitment to DEI beyond involvement in an ERG and seeking opportunities to expand a knowledge base to better support the ERG and the business.
A candidate for the ERG Leadership Award is an individual whose resilience and determination has led to the creation, success and/or turnaround of their ERG. Examples of exemplary leadership include, but are not limited to, a deep understanding of the organization’s DEI and business goals; the ability to forge partnerships with other ERGs, business leaders and external organizations to create meaningful impact and the ability to influence multiple aspects of the company’s culture, business, and the community.
We look forward to reading your submissions!