WSI EY Belonging Challenge, SDG 16WSI

Congratulations to the EY Belonging Challenge winner, runners up, and finalists! Explore the top entries

Design a product, service or initiative that will help make communities, governments or companies more inclusive so individuals feel a sense of belonging.

SDG 16 calls for peace, justice and inclusive institutions.

The desire to belong is a basic human need. It connects us to others to create meaningful relationships, and it makes us feel good about ourselves and the groups we’re part of.

“The collection of us” is how we talk about belonging at EY, and it’s a core part of what holds communities, societies and workplaces together. In our research, respondents said belonging at work means that their contribution matters, they are accepted and valued for who they are and that they are treated fairly and impartially.

Belonging is considered to go beyond diversity and creates an environment where an individual can contribute fully and is recognized for it. Research shows that mitigating uncertainty around belonging significantly reduces stress and improves physical health, emotional well-being and performance. When people feel like they belong, they are more productive, motivated and engaged.

What's your big idea for making a community, company or government more inclusive so that all people can feel like they belong?


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When we feel a strong sense of belonging, we feel free to be ourselves and safe to offer different points of view. Given the increasing diversity of our teams, we cannot take a sense of belonging for granted. That is why we, as leaders, colleagues, and team members, need to be purposeful and deliberate in cultivating a sense of belonging for all, to harness its benefits for us as individuals, for highest performing teams, and for our organizations.

Karyn Twaronite / Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer, EY

EY Belonging Challenge Finalists

Explore the top entries in the EY Belonging Challenge.

  • ARTiculation, a visual arts program bringing people together on group projects, building community while working together to create tapestries.
  • Beaded Together, beaded bracelets with multi-colored beads that represent different personality traits important to inclusive communities.
  • Civitas, a check-your-phone-at-the-door social club that encourages face-to-face interaction and real conversation.
  • Equal Step, a program that helps connect women with each other and with certified inclusive employers. **RUNNER UP**
  • Generation BoomerZ, an online platform designed to connect socially isolated Baby Boomers with Gen Zers who want to trade skills.
  • Haven, a concept for a youth center that can be a safe place in the community, available to all and offering empowerment education.
  • Lynksoon, a mobile app and online community that helps homeschooled teens connect and build stronger, more diverse friendships. **RUNNER UP**
  • Oikku, a community-building mobile app to help young people when they leave college and first enter the workforce. **WINNER**
  • Relax, an anti-stress/anti-anxiety kit for high school and college students who struggle to communicate and don't feel a sense of belonging.
  • Sign Language Connect, online training in American Sign Language, to bridge the divide between people who speak and those who can't.

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