Aviva, BP, Deloitte (pictured), Fujitsu, the Royal Navy, Sky and Vodafone are among the UK organisations that feature in the Top 50 Employers for Women 2019 list, compiled by The Times and business community outreach charity Business in the Community (BITC).
The unranked alphabetical list recognises UK employers that are leading the way on workplace gender equality to make it part of their business strategy. Organisations are assessed on transparency, the causes behind any gender equality gaps, the measures they are taking to address structural gender inequality issues and the impacts of these actions.
The evaluation process, conducted by BITC’s gender equality experts, analyses the roles of senior leaders, the actions taken to increase representation of women in senior positions, intersectionality, support for parents and carers, bullying and harassment and what employers are doing to promote gender equality outside of their organisation.
Other organisations that were chosen for 2019’s list include Allen and Overy, Barclays, Capgemini UK, Credit Suisse, Department for Work and Pensions, EY, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks and Spencer, National Grid, Pepsico, Post Office, Royal Mail Group, Shell and State Street.
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: “We are extremely proud to be listed once again as a top employer for women alongside other [organisations] that are committed to driving greater gender equality in the workplace. It is also a great honour to receive a Game Changer Award for the focus that we have had on ensuring that we always provide an inclusive culture underpinned by respect.
“This focus, which has been led from the top of our firm, has seen us, among other things, create the thought-provoking Ask Yourself film, put 6,000 of our most senior leaders through extensive inclusive leadership sessions, create and roll out mandatory online inclusion development sessions to all our people and ensure that all our people feel able to escalate any concerns they may have when it comes to respect and inclusion.”
Chloe Chambraud, director of gender equality at BITC, added: “Historically, [organisations] focused on policies and processes to address the inequality and bias that employees face on a daily basis. But this is not enough. It is only by changing the culture and promoting positive behaviours from the top that employers will see real change, and we look forward to supporting them on this journey.”