Businesses and organisations offering shining examples of equality practice have less than a fortnight to apply for the 2013 North East Equality Awards.
Established 10 years ago by not-for-profit company, Equality North East, the awards celebrate the best in equality policies, so these can be shared and replicated across the region and nationally.
Companies of all sizes can apply, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector, along with individuals and organisations, including those involved in education and training.
To guide entrants through the process, a special event was held at the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland on Monday, which also included a tour of the newly refurbished facility and a demonstration of glass blowing techniques.
Liz Reay, chief executive of Equality North East, said: "It is 10 years since the first awards celebration, which was held at National Glass Centre and it seems fitting that the actual awards themselves will be made by the design team at the centre.”
The University of Sunderland is a main event sponsor of the awards.
The closing date for applications is Friday, July 12, with details of how to enter available at www.equality-ne.co.uk