Not a Red Card shortlist announced

21 Sep 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Legal & General has revealed the shortlist for its inaugural ‘Not a Red Card’ awards, a sport-led initiative that seeks to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

The insurance firm has been working with agency thinkBeyond to develop the concept, which aims to celebrate those businesses that have implemented best practices around addressing mental health at work.

The shortlist includes nominations for a number of large, well-known businesses including Ford Motor Company Limited and Yorkshire Building Society, alongside small and medium sized businesses (SME) and individual awards.

Winners will be announced at the second Not A Red Card forum on 30th October 2018, which will bring together renowned sporting personalities, business leaders and mental health experts.

The day will consist of presentations, panel debates and round table discussions with TV sports presenter Gabby Logan acting as MC throughout. The list of speakers includes: footballer Clarke Carlisle, Barclays head of diversity and inclusion, Paulette Cohen, Poppy Jaman,  CEO, City Mental Health Alliance and Rob Stephenson, Founder, Inside-Out.org. 

Nigel Wilson, CEO, Legal & General, commented: “I am encouraged to see that mental health in the workplace is now a serious and widely discussed topic, with many more businesses understanding the need to take action in addressing the challenges which still exist around this issue. 

“We’re delighted to be able to recognise some of these organisations and individuals who have taken huge strides in driving change around mental health through our awards. Each of the nominees have demonstrated a commitment to helping lead the discussion and eliminate the stigma often associated with mental wellbeing in the workplace. 

“More still needs to be done to ensure employees have access to the support they need. Absence due to mental ill health continues to be a problem for employers.

“Through our forum we are aiming to encourage more business leaders to implement and improve their own mental health and wellbeing strategies. All of us need to develop an ethos of openness, with the ultimate aim of improving support networks for people suffering from mental health issues."