Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 ACI-NA Inclusion Champion Awards

The ACI-NA Inclusion Champion Awards celebrate the proactive and innovative steps taken by a large, medium and small/non hub airport(s) and one WBP/ Associate Member company, for their successful leadership and achievement in the inclusion of new diverse  business, workforce diversity, outreach and advocacy. This unique opportunity encourages our industry to recognize the practices of three airports and a WBP/ Associate Member company that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in aviation.  Nominees for these four awards must have demonstrated a body of inclusionary work, not just a single program and/or project.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 30, 2018.

Click here for the nomination form.

One award will be given in each of the four categories: large hub airport, medium hub airport, small/non-hub airport and WBP/Associate Member. All award winners will be ineligible for re-nomination three years after winning the award.

The eligible airports must demonstrate commitment in the following three categories:

  1. Business Inclusion:  The airport must demonstrate sustained practices that result in positive participation of diverse and small businesses in relation to overall procurements.  Opportunities should include concessions, construction, design, suppliers and professional services. Participation must represent diverse businesses including: Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE); minority-owned business enterprises; woman-owned business enterprises; Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE); and Small Business Enterprises (SBE).  Nominations should also demonstrate and quantify the economic impact of this participation.  

  2. Workforce Inclusion:  The airports will be scored on the success of its employment practices that demonstrate inclusion and diversity including but not limited to: strategic recruitment efforts; inclusionary hiring practices; organizational cultural diversity education; and awareness training (i.e. implicit bias, generational differences, ADA, etc.) that demonstrate inclusion of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and gender diversity of workforce at all levels, including senior management. 

  3. Outreach:  The airports will be scored on the success of its outreach programs to promote inclusion of all individuals and businesses including but not limited to: partnering with advocacy educational institutions; vocational programs; colleges and universities in its geographic areas to encourage the inclusion of future aviation industry professionals; and businesses. Describe your outreach programs where you have engaged the community, and supported the development, growth and capacity building of small and diverse firms.

The eligible WBP/Associate Member company must demonstrate commitment in following three categories:

  1. Business Inclusion:   The WBP/Associate Member company must demonstrate sustained practices that result in positive participation of diverse and small businesses in relation to the overall procurement of the company.  Opportunities should include concessions, construction, design, supplies and professional services. Participation must represent diverse businesses including: Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE); minority-owned business enterprises; woman-owned business enterprises; Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE); and small business enterprises.    Nominees should also demonstrate and quantify the economic impact of this participation.

  2. Workforce Inclusion:  The WBP/Associate Member company will be scored on their engagement, leadership and participation in the efforts to implement and/or sustain successful employment practices that demonstrate inclusion and diversity at all levels, including senior management.  The program will be scored based on recruitment, development and retention practices that demonstrate inclusion of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and gender diversity of workforce.

  3. Outreach:  The WBP/Associate Member company must demonstrate commitment to the communities it serves, in ways that enhance professional and business development, and promotion of the future growth and diversity in the aviation industry profession, especially with advocacy and in educational institutions, vocational programs, colleges and universities in its geographic area. The WBP/Associate Member company will be evaluated on their contribution to the organizational practice of inclusion through outreach efforts, and partnering with individuals and businesses with the intent to enhance their development in the aviation industry.