Top 50 employers for women revealed

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A list of the top 50 employers for women has been published, detailing the organisations that are making the most progress in workplace gender equality.

The list, published by The Times and Opportunity Now, the gender campaign from Business in the Community, consists of organisations that have succeeded in putting gender diversity at the heart of their business strategies, as well as showing a commitment to progressing women throughout their organisations.

Strengths shown by top 50 employers

Employers in the list were included for the ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Strong leadership accountability for change.
  • Commercial case that encompasses business success and delivery.
  • Mainstreaming activity throughout multiple function areas and peer levels.
  • Organisational target setting.
  • Holding managers to account.
  • Changing culture, including through mandatory unconscious bias training.
  • Integration of workforce metrics into planning processes and strategy.
  • Comprehensive agile working schemes delivering business benefit.
  • Tangible impact with qualitative/ quantitative evidence.

Entries are measured against a framework of best practice and assessed by a team of gender diversity experts from Opportunity Now.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, acting director of Opportunity Now, said: “All organisations included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women must be praised for their commitment to the recruitment, retention and progression of their female talent.

“The high number of entries and high calibre of comprehensive activity made the judging process extremely competitive, but it is clear that this year’s top 50 are leading the charge on organisational and cultural change, embedding accountability and delivery of activity at all levels, from the CEO to line managers.

“Inclusion in the list demonstrates how businesses are recognising the benefits in utilising, rewarding and progressing the talent and skill of men and women equally,” she added.

The list was published on the same day as French research that showed that “feminised” companies – those led by management teams of at least 35% women – demonstrated significantly better investment performance than the companies listed on the CAC40, the French stock index.

Michel Ferrary, professor of Human Resource Management at SKEMA Business School, followed the stock performance of companies on the CAC40 between 2007 and 2012. He then composed the “Femina Index”, a separate index of companies whose management teams consisted of at least 35% women. Over the six years, the CAC40 lost 34.70% of its value, whereas companies in the Femina Index lost only 5.28%.

“Our analysis confirms that investing in companies with a feminised management is an investment strategy that is responsible and profitable,” said Ferrary. “Promoting diversity and employing women in posts of responsibility contributes toward the improved financial performance of companies during crises.”

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list, in alphabetical order

Employer Sector

Accenture
Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Arup
AstraZeneca Plc
Atkins
BAE Systems Plc
Barclays
BNY Mellon
BT Group Plc
Capco
Capgemini UK
Cisco
Citi
Credit Suisse
Danone
Dell Corporation Limited
Deloitte LLP
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ernst & Young
Eversheds
Genesis Housing Association
Goldman Sachs International
Google UK Ltd
HM Revenue and Customs
Hogan Lovells
Home Office
HSBC
IBM UK Limited
KPMG LLP
Lloyds Banking Group
Marks & Spencer
McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
McKinsey & Company
Metropolitan
Microsoft Limited
MITIE Group PLC
Morgan Stanley
National Grid
Nationwide Building Society
Norton Rose
Ofcom
PepsiCo
Procter & Gamble – UK
PwC
Royal Air Force
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Santander UK plc
Simmons & Simmons LLP
State Street
Unilever UK & Ireland

Professional services
Legal
Engineering
Pharmaceutical
Engineering
Defence
Financial services
Financial services
Telecoms
Consulting
Professional services
ICT
Financial services
Financial services
Consumer goods
Technology
Professional services
Automotive
Professional services
Legal
Housing
Financial services
Technology
Public sector
Legal
Public sector
Financial services
ICT/Consultancy
Professional services
Financial services
Retail
Retail
Consulting
Housing
Technology
Outsourcing
Financial services
Utilities
Financial services
Legal
Public sector
Consumer goods
Consumer goods
Professional services
Military
Financial services
Financial services
Legal
Financial services
Consumer goods

XpertHR has a good practice guide on gender equality and a podcast on gender good practice.

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