Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016 - Winners and Finalists

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25 Years: From Opportunity to Equality

About the Awards
The Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards recognise organisations that have put gender equality at the core of their business agendas and are committed to creating equal, diverse and inclusive workplaces. The Finalist organisations have been selected for demonstrating best practice in their award category.

This year we are celebrating 25 years of the Business in the Community gender equality campaign. Our campaign is the only membership organisation representing employers who want to transform the workplace by ensuring inclusiveness for women. The campaign aims to promote transparency, transform workplace cultures and eliminate occupational segregation.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all our 2016 award winners and finalists. They have demonstrated that working to achieve equality is about more than just creating ‘opportunities for women’ – it’s about creating workplaces and ways of working that work for both women and men. We are challenging employers to rethink traditional approaches to creating an equal division of work and power between women and men, and I hope that tonight’s winners and finalists will inspire other employers to be bold and innovative.”

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management and Chair, Business in the Community Leadership Team on Gender Equality, said: “The winning organisations are creating cultures characterised by true equality. They have demonstrated an understanding that this means more than simply offering opportunity, being inclusive of different perspectives so that everyone can thrive. I hope that others will follow their lead, so we can accelerate progress towards genuinely equal - and successful - workplaces.”

Categories and Finalists

Engaging Women Award
Winner: Southbank Centre
Finalists:  Pinsent Masons / Unilever

Inclusive Leader Award: Gender Champion
Winner:  Geraldine Huse, Procter & Gamble
Andrew Bester,Lloyds Banking Group
Linda Jones,Pinsent Masons

Inclusive Leader Award: People Manager
(in partnership with the CIPD)
Winner:  Philip Goodstone, EY
Sam West, KPMG
Abigail Farnham, Pertemps

Progression Award
Winner: Goldman Sachs International
Finalists:  Linklaters / PwC

FTSE Executive Women Award
(in partnership with Cranfield University School of Management) 
WinnerKingfisher plc

Female FTSE 100 Award
(in partnership with Cranfield University School of Management)
Winner: Unilever


Talent Pipeline Award sponsored by Nationwide
Winner: Royal Mail Group
Finalist: Sky

Transforming Cultures Award
Winner: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Finalist:  Barclays

Transparency Award
(in partnership with the Government Equalities Office)
Winner: Deloitte LLP  
Finalists: BHP Billiton / Sodexo UK Ireland. 


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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 was not open for self-nomination but drawn from finalists of the Workplace Gender Equality Awards, excepting the Inclusive Leader categories which refer to individual performance. 
Winner: Southbank Centre
Finalist: Royal Mail Group