Top 50 Employers for Women 2015 announced

The top 50 Employers for Women 2015 have been announced.

The list, compiled by The Times in partnership with Opportunity Now, includes Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG, Post Office, PepsiCo and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Speaking exclusively to HR Grapevine, Fiona Cannon OBE, Lloyds Banking Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion, explained why diversity was so important to the organisation.

“We are the largest UK bank and we have customers from communities across the whole of the UK. One of our core objectives as an organisation is to provide the best customer service that we can.

“Fundamentally it allows us to meet our core business strategy. Our customer base is incredibly diverse. 51% of all current accounts are held by women, we have the largest market share in terms of ethnic minority accounts and we’ve got 3million disabled customers.

“Reflecting our customer base in our colleague base is very important and we know that makes a difference to our ability to meet the demands of our customers more effectively.”

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Opportunity Now Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Lloyds Banking Group on being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015. They have recognised that putting inclusive behaviours at the core of what they do and making gender equality a business priority not only benefits the women they employ, but also the organisation as a whole and the clients, customers and communities they serve.”

The list is free for any employer with a UK presence to enter and involves a comprehensive submission process, which is managed by Opportunity Now. All organisations within the Top 50 have demonstrated that gender equality is a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to progressing women in the workplace that covers their entire organisation, not just isolated areas.

Organisations submit detailed information on their internal processes, as well as external activity that promotes gender equality, diversity and inclusion and create opportunities for women in a wider context. Each entry form is stringently marked against a framework of best practice and assessed anonymously by a team of gender diversity experts within Opportunity Now.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is unranked, and organisations are listed in alphabetical order below:

Arup

Asda

Atkins Ltd

BAE Systems

Barclays

BT Group plc

Capgemini UK

Carillion Plc

Citi

Credit Suisse

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Eversheds

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Genesis Housing Association

Goldman Sachs International

Herbert Smith Freehills

HM Revenue and Customs

Hogan Lovells

Home Office

HSBC

KPMG LLP

Linklaters

Lloyds Banking Group

Marks & Spencer

McKinsey & Company

Mitie

National Grid

Nationwide Building Society

Norton Rose Fulbright

Obelisk

Ofcom

Olswang LLP

PepsiCo               

Post Office

PwC

Royal Air Force

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Mail Group

Royal Navy

Santander

Shell

Simmons & Simmons

Sodexo

Southbank Centre

Standard Life Group

State Street

SThree Plc

Unilever UK

Zibrant


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