PricewaterhouseCoopers, NHS and IBM named best employers for equality and inclusion

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), NHS employers and International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) have been recognised as three of the best employers for equality and inclusion.

The virtual ENEI Awards held 8 July 2020, saw 25 businesses win accolades across 20 categories and a further 22 entries being highly commended for their efforts.

PWC was named the best private sector employer for equality and inclusion and was shortlisted for Team of the Year, Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace and Innovative Ways of Working categories.

The overall winner for the best public sector employer for equality and inclusion was Financial Ombudsman Service which also received an accolade for Employee Network Group of the Year, while North East London NHS Foundation Trust won the award for Disability Confident as well as commendations for Inclusive Culture and Innovative Ways of Working.

The ENEI Awards acknowledges the commitment of organisations in achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces, and celebrates the teams and individuals who have been making steps to improve equality and inclusion in the workplace.

Leading organisations for equality and inclusion are recognised by ENEI’s benchmarking system, looking at how the employer provides quality advice, benchmarking training, events and services. It also takes into account how they support employers to develop innovative solutions, offer access to legal advice through the employment cycle, deliver research-led training and consultancy services, and facilitate change through leadership and engagement.

Denise Keating, chief executive at ENEI, said: “It is encouraging to see that despite economic and political uncertainty organisations are still prepared to lead the way in doing the right thing, not the easy thing, and are seeing the business benefits of doing so.”

“The leading organisations showcased at our Awards are proud to share their achievements and the best practices needed to provide insight for other organisations to develop unique responses to the challenges faced in their workplaces. It is clear from the award entries that the best organisations recognise both the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce and the need to push themselves further along their journey in order to successfully compete in national and global marketplaces.”

The winners in each category are:

Overall Winner – Private Sector


Overall Winner – Public Sector (Supported by NHS Employers)

Financial Ombudsman Service
North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Small Employer of the Year


Personal Achievement

Zaheer Ahmad MBE, EY

Global Diversity (Sponsored by Global Diversity Practice)

Department for International Development

Impact Through Innovation (Sponsored by AWE)

Civil Service
Thames Water

Inclusive Culture (Supported by NHS Employers)

Financial Ombudsman Service

Innovative Ways of Working

Steer Group

Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace


Representative Workforce




Inclusive Recruitment

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Disability Confident

North East London NHS Foundation Trust


Avon and Somerset Police

Pay Gap

Brunel University

Employee Network Group of the Year

Financial Ombudsman Service
Highways England
Hachette UK

Team of the Year (Sponsored by Personnel Today)


Equality and Inclusion Senior Champion of the Year (Supported by NHS Confederation)

Emma Broadbent and Andrea Sutcliffe, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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