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The 2019 Living Wage Champion Awards will showcase and celebrate the employees, employers and civil society leaders leading the way by promoting the Living Wage in their organisations, industries and beyond. 

The Awards are judged by an independent panel of judges. Judges will select up to six winners in seven categories.

Who can apply for the awards?

With the exception of the "Campaigns of the Year" Award, the awards are for Living Wage Employers, and Recognised Service Providers that are registered with the Living Wage Foundation. The awards are open to those that have entered and been shortlisted or won awards in the past, as well as those that have not applied before.

Each employer can only apply in one award category; so please think carefully about which category your organisation should apply in. During the judging process, applications may be moved between categories if they are felt to be stronger elsewhere.

How to apply

We welcome applications from those that have gone ‘above and beyond’ in achieving and promoting the Living Wage. Judges will be looking for evidence that entrants have gone above and beyond to promote the Living Wage, which could include: raising awareness of the Living Wage for example by hosting or speaking at events; encouraging other organisations/(sub)contractors to pay the Living Wage; increasing the visibility of the Living Wage brand; implementing other ‘Good Work’ practices and initiatives in the workplace (as well as the Living Wage). Where possible, please include stats that demonstrate impact, for example, "ten organisations signed up to the Living Wage because of an event we held".

Applications should be submitted by Tuesday 12th March (9am)

Industry Champion Award 

This award will be given to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers or Recognised Service Providers that have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their
industry and supply chain, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage. We welcome nominations from industry leaders from all industries. Six awards will be given in this category.

Against All Odds Industry Award 

This award is open to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers or Recognised Service Providers who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in an industry with high levels of low pay. These include; retail, hospitality, care, cleaning, security, manufacturing and temporary recruitment agencies. Six awards will be given in this category.

Living Wage Campaigns of the Year Award 

This award is open to individuals, teams and community groups that have successfully campaigned for uptake of the Living Wage and as a result grown the Living Wage movement. Five awards will be given in this category.
Places Champion Award 

This award is open to Living Wage Employers, especially local Authorities or groups of Employers who have successfully driven take-up of the real Living Wage in a particular place/area. Three awards will be given in this category.

Funding Champion Award 

This award is open to Living Wage organisations that use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage, as part of the Foundation’s Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. This award will recognise those that have helped done the most to tackle low pay in sectors reliant on grant funding, such as charities and the arts. Three awards will be given in this category. 

Beyond the Living Wage Award

This award is open to Living Wage Employers that have shown exceptional leadership in tackling in-work poverty and improving the well-being of their lower paid employees, by putting in place measures to tackle insecurity and under-employment as well as low pay, and offering policies to improve job security and work-life balance alongside the real Living Wage. Three awards will be given in this category.

Employees' Choice Award

This award will be open to nominations from employees at Living Wage organisations, who will be invited to make the case for why their Living Wage Employer or Recognised Service Provider deserves to be recognised as an excellent place to work for all employees and sub-contracted staff, including but not limited to their commitment to the real Living Wage. To ensure smaller organisations are not at a disadvantage, the award will be awarded based on the strength of nomination, not the number of nominations. One award will be given in this category. 


Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a 2019 Living Wage Champion - good luck with your application!