Excellence in Practice Awards Showcase 2015


The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Sky News presenter Dharshini David, took place last night (21st April 2015) at the Hilton Park Lane during Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their 20th year, the Awards recognise and celebrate public and private sector organisations that are committed to making a difference for women at work.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Opportunity Now Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists in the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards. The standard of entries this year was incredibly high once again, but the winners’ commitment to developing inclusive cultures made them stand out. Opportunity Now has always stressed that gender equality at work will come from fixing the culture, not the women, and our winners and finalists are all making this ethos integral to their success.” 

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management and Chair, Opportunity Now, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists on their Award success. They have demonstrated clear leadership by moving women’s progression from a ‘diversity’ initiative to a core business priority. Achieving gender equality is only possible when men and women work together at every level, creating real change.”

Categories and finalists

Advancing Women Award
Winner - Pepsico

Finalists: Credit Suisse / HMRC

Agile Workplaces Award
Winner - BAE Systems

Finalists: Circle / Obelisk 

Champion Award
Winner - Carillion

Finalists: E2W  / HSBC

Directing Diverse Talent Award
(in partnership with the CIPD) 
Winner - HMRC
Finalists: Enterprise Rent-A-Car  / Royal Navy

Engaging Women Award
Winner - Hogan Lovells 

Finalists: Genesis Housing Association / Southbank Centre

Female FTSE 100 Award
(in partnership with Cranfield University School of Management)
Joint WinnersDiageo and InterContinental Hotels Group

Female FTSE Progress Award
(in partnership with Cranfield University School of Management) 
Winner - Old Mutual


The Global Award
(in partnership with UN Women UK)
Winner - Unilever
Finalists: Standard Life / Swarovski

Inclusive Culture Award 
Winner - EY

Finalist: Network Rail

The Nationwide Inspiring the Workforce of the Future Award
Winner - National Grid

Finalist: McKinsey & Company

The Transparency Award
(in partnership with the Government Equalities Office)
Winner - PwC
Finalists: Friends Life / Genesis Housing Association

Awards Winner planter 2015

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women


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View the 2015 list 

Read the Times Supplement

16 inspirational pages, moving the gender equality dial forward.
Articles include:

  • Diversity must become a core business priority.
  • Employers stretch to agile working
  • Why men need to lead the debate


Winners and finalists from previous years: