Excellence in Practice Awards Showcase 2014

Winning for Women


A montage of images from the Gala Dinner evening


The Awards, which form part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week, recognise public and private sector organisations that have put gender at the heart of their business and are committed to creating inclusive workplaces for women at all levels. An audience of over 500 senior business leaders gathered at The Brewery in the City of London on the 2nd April 2014 to celebrate and recognise best practice in gender equality and diversity in the workplace.

For the first time, each of the organisations shortlisted for the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards also received a Business in the Community Big Tick. The Big Tick is awarded to organisations who demonstrate significant achievements in their responsible business programme to celebrate and profile their responsible business success. It is recognised as a leading endorsement of responsible business and organisations can use it to showcase their achievements and raise their profile with customers, suppliers, employers, investors and the media.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Director of Opportunity Now, said:

“Congratulations to this year’s Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards winners and shortlisted organisations. The standard of entries was incredibly high once again, and they should be hugely proud of their success. They offer important examples of strong leadership; of how putting gender equality at the core of their business can create real, sustainable change for women, organisations and society as a whole. I hope other employers will be inspired by their work and use it to accelerate progress for women in their workforce.”

Categories and shortlisted entries

Advancing Women in the Workplace Award – Large Organisations
This award recognises initiatives that aid the recruitment, retention and/or development of women in the workplace.

Shortlisted:National Grid
Winner: Asda


Advancing Women in the Workplace Award – Small Organisation

Shortlisted:CA Technologies
Winner: McKinsey & Company


Agile Organisation Award
This award recognises an employer who has demonstrated an agile or flexible approach to job design and work environment. 

Winner: Unilever


Champion Award
This award is for a senior level gender / diversity ambassador or champion who has made a significant contribution to advancing, promoting and embedding a diversity culture within the workplace.

Procter & Gamble - Geraldine Huse, Vice President Global Sales
Royal Mail - Sue Whalley, Chief Operations Officer
Winner: SThree - Natasha Clarke, Director of Strategic Capability


Directing Diverse Talent Award
In partnership with the CIPD

Atkins - Sue Cooper, HR Director for UK/Europe
Winner: MITIE - Karen Govier - Group Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Categories and shortlisted entries continued

Female FTSE 100 Award
In partnership with Cranfield School of Management
Winners: Capita + Diageo


FTSE Female Pipeline Award
In partnership with Cranfield School of Management
Winner: Admiral Group


Global Award

In partnership with UN Global Women UK
This award is for a gender initiative which extends across at least three countries

Shorlisted:Deutsche Bank:Diageo:Norton Rose Fulbright
Winner: Sodexo


Inclusive Culture Award
This award recognises work which is creating equality at an organisational or cultural level

Shortlisted: EY: Morgan Stanley
Winner: Eversheds


Nationwide Inspiring the Workforce of the Future Award
This award is for an organisation that has helped young women to broaden their career aspirations.

Shortlisted:IBM, Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: Royal Air Force


Transparency Award
In partnership with the Government Equalities Office
This award recognises an organisation that has taken significant first steps to voluntarily publish gender metrics in the public domain.

Shortlisted:Genesis Housing Association:Hogan Lovells:PwC
Winner: Friends Life


Sponsor of the Opportunity Now  Excellence in Practice Awards 2014