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The 2020 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 shortlist overall winners, in ten categories. There will be a further three awards, that do not require nominations, which will be announced at the ceremony:
  • People’s Vote Award 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • Living Wage Employer of the Year

Who can apply for the awards?

With the exception of the "Campaigns of the Year" Award and the "Places Champion" 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. If your organisation has won an award in the past, you cannot apply for this same category again, however you can apply for a different category.

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. All award nominations must include: 
  • 300 word account of your eligibility based on outlined criteria for each award.
  • A picture of the nominee or team with the Living Wage or Recognised Service Provider logo where possible, and contact details for yourself and the nominee.
  • Where possible, please include stats that demonstrate impact, for example, "ten organisations signed up to the Living Wage because of an event we held".
Please ensure you have read the guidance document before applying.

Applications should be submitted by Tuesday 10th March (9am)

Living Wage Week Champion Award 
You must be a accredited Living Wage Employer, Recognised Service Provider or Campaign Group. Applicants must show how they have gone above and beyond during Living Wage Week to  promote the real Living Wage, whether through press and social media, using the week to speak to other employers about the Living Wage or by playing a role in increasing the Living Wage brand and logo visibility.

Please note, there may be multiple awards for this category.
Industry Champion Award 

You must be an accredited Living Wage Employer. You must be able to evidence exceptional leadership in the past year by promoting the Living Wage in your industry and supply chain, leading to more employers paying the real Living Wage. Examples of championing the Living Wage include: writing for industry press and blogs, holding events to share knowledge and best practice, or launching campaigns aimed to increase take-up of the Living Wage in your industry.

Please note, there may be multiple awards for this category.

Against All Odds Industry Award 

You must be an accredited Living Wage Employer. You must be able to evidence leadership on the Living Wage in an industry with high levels of low pay, including: retail, hospitality, care, cleaning, security, manufacturing and temporary recruitment agencies.

There may be multiple award winners in this category.
Public Sector Champion Award 
You must be an accredited Living Wage Employer in the Public Sector. You must be able to evidence leadership promoting the real Living Wage in the communities you work in and to other public sector employers.

There will be one award winner in this category.
Living Hours Champion Award
You must be an accredited Living Wage Employer who is implementing the Living Hours measures in your organisation to tackle insecurity and underemployment as well as low-pay, and demonstrate this in your application. You must be promoting Living Hours publicly and encouraging others to implement it.

There will be one award winner in this category.
Places Champion Award 
Nominations must be on behalf of the Living Wage Place Action Groups, which have been recognised by the Living Wage Foundation or are on the path towards recognition. Nominations can also be made by local authorities, large anchor institutions or any businesses or organisations that have been actively involved in expanding uptake of the real Living Wage in their place. You can also apply for this category as a Living Wage Building. 

You must provide evidence of the impact of your work on the place you have been operating in. e.g. the number of employers who have taken up the real Living Wage as a result of your hard work, the numbers of low paid workers lifted to the real Living Wage rate, and any other impacts on the local area.

There may be multiple award winners 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. Nominees must evidence what their campaign set out to achieve on the Living Wage and  demonstrate how they have worked towards that goal and achieved it. Living Wage Employers or Recognised Service Providers can not apply for this category.

There may be multiple award winners in this category.
Funding and Charity Champion Award 
Nominations must be for those who are part of the Living Wage Funder Scheme and use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage. This award will recognise those that have helped do the most to tackle low pay in  sectors reliant on grant funding, such as charities and the arts.

This category is also open to Living Wage Employers in the charity sector who promote the Living Wage despite operating in a low paid sector.

There may be multiple award winners in this category.
Recognised Service Provider Champion Award 
Nominations must be for Recognised Service Providers working with the Living Wage Foundation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to promoting the real Living Wage to their clients and increasing the percentage of their contracts that are being paid at the real Living Wage. They must also evidence how they promoted the Living Wage to other service providers.

There may be multiple award winners 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.

There will be one award winner in this category.

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a 2020 Living Wage Champion - good luck with your application!