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  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield – Joint Winner 2021, Best for Mothers

    Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield build and manage property, including shopping centres, residential, convention and exhibition space, and airports. The organisation goes above and beyond to support mothers at all stages of parenthood every step of the way.

  • Teach First – Joint Winner 2021, Best Covid-19 Response

    Before the pandemic, all the charity’s 800 staff could flex their hours and location from day one of being employed. This enabled the charity to move quickly to a 100% remote and flexible model in March 2020. Recognising and celebrating the diversity of families is core to Teach First’s approach, ensuring personalised support to understand and meet individual needs.

  • Mills & Reeve – Finalist 2021, Best for Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Wellbeing is addressed holistically at law firm Mills & Reeve, with support for parents, carers, those living alone, those experiencing domestic abuse and parents of children with additional needs. Health and fitness, as well as digital and financial wellbeing are all catered for. Flexible working is key with more than 250 different working patterns at the company.

  • Mills & Reeve – Finalist 2021, Best for Innovation

    Creative thinking from the firm’s trainees and senior partner on how to maintain office charity fundraising efforts while boosting employee morale, physical activity, wellbeing and engagement led to Mills & Reeve’s Winter Charity Challenge. For 12 weeks, employees were invited to take part in challenges via the law firm’s Innovation Hub.

  • Together Housing – Winner 2021, Best for Flexible Working

    Together Housing is one of the largest non-profit housing associations in the North of England, managing over 36,000 homes. With 1,493 employees, the organisation has always offered flexible working from day one and prides itself on this being one of the main benefits.

  • University of Strathclyde – Joint Winner 2021, Best Covid-19 Response

    The University of Strathclyde employs more than 4,000 staff. The organisation started an agile working pilot in May 2019 with around a quarter of staff working flexibly before the pandemic. Covid-19 accelerated the roll out of agile working and during 2020 all staff worked flexibly.

  • Slalom – Finalist 2021, Best for Mental Health and Wellbeing

    A strong community culture and authentic personal connection drive the sense of wellbeing at the management consultancy firm, Slalom. Peer support sessions, buddying and joint tea breaks all foster an environment where individuals can talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges.

  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield – Winner 2021, Best for Fathers

    Of all the organisations’ male employees, 75% are fathers. The company offers enhanced paternity leave of four weeks at full pay, with flexibility on how they take it, which 100% of eligible fathers took in 2020. They match their enhanced Shared Parental Leave to their enhanced maternity package, with flexibility on how this is utilised within the first year following the birth of a child. They offer three months of leave at full pay and an additional 3 months at half pay.

  • Experian – Finalist 2021, Best for Mothers

    All mothers at Experian, the global information services company, are given a HR contact at the time of their pregnancy to support them and their manager with the right information to plan for maternity leave.

  • Barclays PLC – Finalist 2021, Best Family Network

    The Barclays Working Families Network helps staff members with the challenges of balancing family, life and work. It is one of the largest and oldest in the organisation, with 150 ambassadors who raise awareness of the network with other colleagues.

  • Warmworks – Finalist 2021, Best small employer

    The senior team lead by example when it comes to flexibility at Warmworks, the managing agent for the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty scheme. All seven of the organisation’s leadership team either work remotely, compress or flex their hours, or take time for volunteering and family commitments.

  • Hachette UK – Finalist 2021, Best Covid-19 Response

    Hachette UK, one of the UK’s leading publishing groups, took a holistic approach to supporting staff during the pandemic. The organisation prioritised the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of employees, underpinned by decisive action and policies for working parents.

  • QBE European Operations – Finalist 2021, Best Covid-19 Response

    QBE European Operations, one of the world's largest general insurance and reinsurance​​companies, placed employee wellbeing and safety at the very top of their priority list when the world went into lockdown. At the heart of their efforts was employee communications, dedicated to keeping staff connected and informed during the pandemic.

  • Nationwide Building Society – Winner 2021, Best Family Network

    Nationwide’s Working Families Network supports parents, grandparents, other family members and people wanting to start a family. The network provides resources like home schooling materials, access and influence over organisational policies supporting a work-life balance, and professional coaching.

  • Santander – Finalist 2021, Best Family Network

    Santander’s Families & Carers Network is for parents, grandparents, partners, those looking to adopt or foster, people struggling with fertility, and colleagues with caring responsibilities.

  • Man Group – Finalist 2021, Best for Fathers

    Man Group, a global active investment management firm, introduced an Enhanced Global Parental Leave Policy in 2018. This offers 18 weeks of leave, on full pay, within a year of the date the child joins the family. This is for all parents, regardless of gender and whether a child has been born, adopted, or fostered.

  • Hill Dickinson – Finalist 2021, Best for Flexible Working

    Hill Dickinson is an international commercial law firm employing more than 850 people. The company encouraged flexible and agile working long before Covid-19, with the emphasis being on the employee choosing how they work.

  • Phoenix Group – Winner, 2023, Best for Carers and Eldercare

    Phoenix Group are flying the flag for working carers. Not only do they facilitate the breathing space to look after loved ones alongside a fulfilling career, but they champion older workers and strive for better conditions for carers, for which their research has earned them high praise.   

  • Phoenix Group – Winner 2022, Best for Carers & Eldercare 

    Phoenix Group has introduced policies and practices that enable carers in their workforce to look after their loved ones without the worry that it will impact their income or career, thereby creating a culture of belonging which has improved retention and productivity. 

  • SF Recruitment – Winner 2022, Best Flexible Working

    SF Recruitment’s dedication to flexibility is driven by a belief in the benefits for both individuals and the business, evident in the resounding success of their comprehensive flexible model. 

  • Macfarlanes LLP – Winner 2022, Best for Mothers

    Macfarlanes’ commitment to creating a family-friendly workplace where everyone can thrive is reflected in the initiatives and practices they have introduced, the success of which is evidenced by their impressive retention rates, showing Macfarlanes is somewhere mothers want to build their careers.  

  • Fragomen – Finalist 2022, Best for Mothers

    Fragomen has concentrated its efforts on implementing measures that support women to thrive in their career at all stages, with a work-life balance that allows them to give their best to both their role and their family.  

Case study library supported by a donation from the Wainwright Trust

The now-closed Wainwright Trust was set up in 1988 in the name of equal pay and opportunities pioneer David Wainwright. Following David’s tragically early death in 1987 the Wainwright Trust raised money, commissioned and published research, funded and helped produce invaluable tools in the fight for equal pay and opportunities and held annual events to bring together and update people committed to and active in the area of equality at work.