**2017 IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRY**
Running for more than 20 years, the Workplace Gender Equality Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards for gender equality in the workplace. The awards celebrate outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact and / or innovation and individual achievement. Entry criteria has been refreshed and simplified for 2017, with two opportunities to gain recognition through one combined entry process:
- The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list in partnership with Business in the Community
- The Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards
Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Wednesday 16 November 2016 (NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRY)
There is a single combined entry process for both The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list and the
Gender Equality Awards. Any employer with a presence and activity in the UK is eligible to submit an entry. Organisations with subsidiaries can enter either as a group,or a separate business may be put forward, but it is not possible to submit an entry for both. Entries from all sectors are welcome. Submissions should focus predominantly on activity in the UK although we appreciate that some programmes and initiatives will have a more global reach and that it will be relevant to refer to this.
It is still free to enter The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. However, following assessment and once the highest scoring entries have been identified in February, there will be a participation charge of £1,100 + VAT in order to be included in the list and to be considered for a Business in the Community Gender Equality Award.
The fee includes a package of profile benefits:
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Only the 50 organisations identified as Top Employers will be eligible to be considered for a Business in the Community Gender Equality Award.
1.Responsible Business for Gender Equality 2017
Organisations with particularly high performance across the whole entry form will be considered for this new and prestigious title. Up to 5 finalists will be selected and invited to a judging panel of external experts that will take place in March 2017 and from which a single winner will be chosen.
Assessment criteria for this award will be against additional elements including: strategy and sustainability; impact and transformational change and innovation.
2. Gender Equality Game Changer Awards 2017
Particularly innovative or impactful case studies will be considered to be recognised as Gender Equality Game Changers. Diversity experts will review high performing case studies from section 3 of the entry form and select up to approximately 10 best practice examples that demonstrate outstanding progress or transformational change and / or innovation.
3. Gender Champion Award 2017
This category is retained from 2016 and is for a senior executive who has made a remarkable contribution to championing gender balance and equality of opportunity in her / his organisation.
Up to 3 finalists will be selected and invited to a judging panel of external gender equality experts that will take place in March 2017 and from which a single winner will be chosen.
Additional criteria - Gender Equality Awards
If your organisation won a Gender Equality Award in 2016, the winning programme / initiative / individual is not eligible to be recognised for an award again in 2017. You are, however, entitled to put forward a new piece of work or individual and, providing that the content is distinct from the 2016 winning entry, your case study may be recognised in 2017.
If your organisation was a Gender Equality award finalist in 2016, you may re-submit the programme / initiative / individual that was shortlisted but you must be able to demonstrate that significant progress has been achieved since the previous submission i.e. there is a significantly greater impact to report, the programme has been significantly updated and improved upon.