Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016

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The Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016 are now closed for entry and the finalists listed below.

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The gender campaign at Business in the Community has been recognising employers for over two decades with the UK's most prestigious workplace awards for gender equality/diversity and inclusion. 


Engaging Women Award
This award is for a programme / initiative that strategically engages with women in the delivery of business or service objectives. This may include activity with an internal focus, engaging with employees and / or activity which engages with external stakeholders. For example: female customers, clients, shareholders and / or engaging with women in local communities.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Pinsent Masons
  • Southbank Centre
  • Unilever

Inclusive Leader Award: Gender Champion
This award is for a senior executive who has made a remarkable contribution to championing gender balance and equality of opportunity in her / his organisation. It recognises an individual who has shown vision, leadership and enduring commitment to enabling female talent resulting in tangible and lasting culture change.
Senior executive refers to senior managers and above.
Business in the Community gender equality campaign Leadership Team representatives were not eligible to be nominated for this award.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Andrew Bester, Group Director & CEO - Lloyds Banking Group
  • Linda Jones, Partner - Pinsent Masons
  • Geraldine Huse, Vice President Sales - Procter & Gamble

CIPD logo Inclusive Leader Award: People Manager
This award, in partnership with the CIPD, is for an exceptional people manager whose inclusive approach to leading diverse teams has engaged and empowered women / employees, leading to improved individual and organisational performance.  This award was open to people managers at any level in the organisation.
Criteria for this award is based on the characteristics and behaviours of inclusive leaders as defined in From Pioneer to Mainstream research conducted by Business in the Community and Shapiro Consulting Ltd.
Business in the Community gender equality campaign Leadership Team representatives were not eligible to be nominated for this award.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Philip Goodstone, Partner, Legal Practice -  EY
  • Sam West, Resourcing Director - KPMG
  • Abigail Farnham, Account Director, Thames Water Contract -  Pertemps

Progression Award
This award is for a particular initiative / intervention which aids the progression of women and can encompass women at all levels – from non-managerial to the board room.  For example: career development programmes; a training initiative; leadership programme or progression strategy / initiative.
Please note that:

  • The primary focus of the case study in this category was not to be the organisations women’s network.  
  • One programme with a global reach could be submitted in this category, but it had to include information on UK participation and impact.

Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Linklaters
  • PwC

Talent Pipeline Award sponsored by Nationwide
This award is for a programme or intervention which focuses on creating, increasing and / or maintaining female talent pipelines. It could be relevant to pipelines at any level in the organisation from apprenticeships to the board room and could encompass attraction, recruitment and retention and external partnerships, such as with schools / colleges, etc.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Royal Mail
  • Sky

Transforming Cultures Award
This award recognises workplace programmes / initiatives or strategies that are effecting change at an organisational / cultural level.  Examples could include programmes, initiatives or strategies that deal with: awareness raising, behaviour change, facilitating agile working practices, inclusive leadership, shared parental leave or addressing bullying and harassment.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Barclays
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Transparency Award   Think Act Report logo
The Transparency Award is a partnership between Business in the Community and the Government Equalities Office which recognises organisations that are taking an active role in evaluating gender equality in their workplaces, taking action and publically reporting their progress. This is award is aligned with the Think, Act, Report Initiative and was open  to organisations who are signed up to support it.

Previous Transparency Award winners and finalists were able to resubmit in 2016.
Awards 2016 Finalists:

  • Deloitte
  • BHP Billiton
  • Sodexo


Celebrating 25 years of campaigning

Game Changer Award
To celebrate 25 years of campaigning on gender equality, this year we are introducing the Business in the Community Game Changer Award. This award recognises organisations that are moving beyond a ‘fix the women’ approach and taking more integrated steps to embed equality at a systemic level.  

It is not open for self-nomination but is drawn from finalists of the Workplace Gender Equality Awards, excepting the Inclusive Leader categories which refer to individual performance. Criteria include: transformational behaviour – a tangible shift away from focussing on individual development towards organisational, cultural or societal change; innovation – of the action undertaken and/or innovation in context of the organisation’s sector; evidence of impact – on organisational performance and/or change in culture or behaviours; and/or, sustainability - evidence of integration into operational frameworks and/or action that is replicable and scalable. 
Awards 2016 Finalists: 

  • Royal Mail
  • Southbank Centre