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BITC: Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016!

Category: Awards

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Business in the Community: Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016

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.

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There are 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 Workplace Gender Equality Awards –sponsored by Nationwide Building Society

These processes have been streamlined into a single entry form.  The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list recognises organisations for their all-round activity and achievements, whilst the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards recognises specific areas of excellence.

Awards winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 20 April 2016 and the list of the Top 50 Employers for Women will be published in a special supplement in The Times the following day 21 April 2016.

Criteria
There is no charge for entry and entries from all sectors are welcome.  The awards will focus predominantly on activity in the UK, excepting the Global Award category.  Any employer with a presence and activity in the UK is eligible to submit an entry.  Organisations with subsidaries can enter either as a group, or a separate business can be put forward, but it is not possible to enter both.

Online Entry Platform
Submission is via an online entry platform. You will require a username and password to access this.

To receive a username and password contact: Louise Hall, Head of Workplace Events
Email louise.hall@bitc.org.uk Tel: 020 7566 8710
(Please note: log in details from previous years are no longer valid)

You will receive a reply within 24 hrs.

The platform can:

  • Support multiple contributors – you can share the password with colleagues
  • Save work in progress – you can save your work and return to it at a later date
  • Create a downloadable pdf - to save or print a copy of your entry
  • The online platform also contains all of the information and detailed guidance detailed on this webpage.
  • Guidance Documents
  • A suite of guidance documents are available to download from this website page from the box on the right of this page or from the online entry platform.

Submission Deadline 
Thursday 12 Nov 2015 1.00pm

Categories

The 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.

The Global Award

This award is in partnership with UN Women UK.  It is specifically for a programme or initiative with a global focus.  It may describe activity which focuses on your workforce or which engages women / communities outside of your organisation.  For example: global gender / diversity / inclusion activities or global CSR initiatives that have an impact on your boardroom, supply chain, employees or communities.
Please note that:

  • Case studies relating to your workforce should describe a piece of work that extends across at least three marketplaces which can include the UK.  For global leadership programmes please see the Progression Award.
  • Case studies relating to women outside of your organisation should describe an initiative which focuses on women’s employment and economic empowerment in a country / region outside of the UK.

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 are not eligible to be nominated for this award.

Inclusive Leader Award: People Manager

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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 is 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 are not eligible to be nominated for this award.

The 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 your case study in this category should not be your women’s network.
  • You may submit programmes with a global reach in this category, but you must include information on UK participation and impact.  Please make it clear which region(s) the data refers to in your submission.

The 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 is relevant to pipelines at any level in the organisation from apprenticeships to the board room and may encompass attraction, recruitment and retention and external partnerships, such as with schools / colleges, etc.

The 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.

The Transparency Award   

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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.Due to the specific nature of this award and its assessment, the Transparency Award is a separate / standalone category and you may submit an entry in addition to any case studies submitted for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women and Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards in Section 4.  However, the entry platform and schedule are the same.Organisation criteria: this award is aligned with the Think, Act, Report Initiative and is open to organisations who are signed up to support it.  If your organisation is signed up we encourage you to put yourself forward for recognition.

Previous Transparency Award winners and finalists may resubmit in 2016.

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email info@vercida.com for more information.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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