ERG Impact Awards

Formerly known as the Above and Beyond Awards, Seramount’s Annual Awards-Recognition Program!

Employee resource groups, their leaders, and allies deserve recognition for 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 and/or members of your organizations in six categories: Business Impact, Community Impact, Workforce Impact, Workplace Culture Impact, Valued Ally, and Affinity Group Leadership. Honorees are recognized at our annual EmERGe events throughout the year.

2022 nominations are now closed. Information for the 2023 ERG Impact Awards to come!

Please consider applying once we open nominations for the 2023 ERG Impact Awards.

On this page you will find: 

Can’t find what you need here? Contact Richelle Caday, DEI Associate, Diversity Best Practices ([email protected]) and Kamina Young, Director, Diversity Best Practices ([email protected]).  

Timeline

Nomination Instructions

ERG Impact Awards are presented in four group categories and two individual categories. Below you will find a description of each category and a link to the online nomination application. You can nominate as many groups and/or individuals to as many categories as you would like. However, we suggest quality over quantity. The standards are being raised every year by the nominees and their incredible work, so it is best to choose a small number of nominees who meet those standards as opposed to submitting many nominees who aren’t quite there yet. 

For each submission, there must be two nominators. At least one of the nominators must be someone other than the nominee. Individuals and ERG members can nominate themselves or their own ERG for an award. However, there must be an outside individual – such as a leader/member of a different ERG, HR/DEI Team member, executive sponsor ally, program manager, colleague, etc. – who will second the nomination. 

As a starting point, we encourage you to review the best practices from the 2022 ERG Impact Award honorees and 2021 Above and Beyond awardees.

See how we’ve honored the 2021 awardees at our 2021 EmERGe event in this video:

Awardees (winners and honorable mentions) receive TWO FREE passes per group and ONE FREE PASS per individual awardee to the EmERGe event in September (virtual event). 

Frequently Asked Questions

View our list of FAQs here.

ERG Impact Award Categories

Below is a description of each category and a link to the nomination application. 

Group Categories

Business Impact

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, reputational (e.g. customer service enhancements) and other business operations. 

Community Impact

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. 

Workforce Impact

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, on-boarding, 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. 

Individual Categories

Valued Ally

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 affinity groups by providing support, outstanding guidance and exposure. Examples of ways individuals contribute as valued allies are, but are not limited to, leveraging their position within the company to influence senior leadership and build engagement of the C suite in diversity and inclusion and the work of Employee Resource Groups, showing a commitment to diversity and inclusion beyond involvement in an ERG and seeking opportunities to expand knowledge base to better support the ERG and the business. 

Affinity Group Leadership

A candidate for the Affinity Group Leadership Award is an individual whose grit and determination has led to the creation, success and/or turn-around of their network/affinity group. Examples of exemplary leadership include, but are not limited to, a deep understanding of organization’s D&I 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!