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The Top Employers for Working Families award winners are unveiled

Published: 16 Jun 2015

Top Employers Special Awards 2015

The Top Employers for Working Families Special Award winners are unveiled today

Meet the UK’s most family-friendly and flexible employers

Working Families today announced the winners of the annual Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards, sponsored by Computershare. Now in their sixth year, the nationwide awards celebrate and showcase the policies and practices of UK employers who offer exceptional flexible and family-friendly workplaces. After judging the entries anonymously, the panel chose the following winners in the seven award categories.

The Centrica best for flexible working award

Winner: Cafcass

Commended: American Express

The Santander best new flexible working initiative

Winner: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The DTCC best for innovation award

Joint winner: Deloitte

Joint winner: Ministry of Justice

The Citymothers best for all stages of motherhood award

Winner: iCrossing

The Cityfathers best for all stages of fatherhood award

Winner: London School of Economics and Political Science

Commended: Scottish Parliament

Commended: West Dunbartonshire Council

The Direct Line Group best for line managers award

Winner: iCrossing

The Carers UK and National Grid best for carers and eldercare award

Winner: Centrica

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said:

‘Congratulations to the 2015 Top Employers for Working Families award winners who have been selected from an outstanding field of organisations. The last year has seen many changes in the world of flexible and family friendly working – the Right to Request flexible working for all and Shared Parental Leave are now firmly in place. The award winners have demonstrated the best and most innovative practices and have gone the extra mile to support their parents, carers and flexible workers.  Employers who would like to build a loyal, engaged and productive workforce can find a lot to learn from this year’s Top Employers for Working Families.’

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare said:

“Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s awards, who have demonstrated that both employees and employers benefit from a working culture that allows a balance with family and personal life.

“We’re very proud to be able to support employers in their efforts to provide the best employee benefits available and communicate them in a way that improves productivity, loyalty and happiness in the workplace.

“We were delighted to sponsor the Working Families’ Awards again this year, and look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with this important charity.”

Working Families will also be announcing their list of SPL Pioneers1 at the awards event on 16th June.  The list will recognise those employers who were amongst the first to offer enhanced Shared Parental Leave policies and who are helping to provide more choice and equality for their working parents.


Notes to editors

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Vintners’ Hall on the afternoon of Tuesday 16th June

For more information on all the winners and their entry contact

Liz Whitehead, Working Families Press Office on 020 7017 0064 or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk

Case studies on the finalists and winners are available under embargo here.

1The SPL Pioneers are:  Accenture; Addleshaw Goddard; AIG; American Express; Barclays; Brunel University London; Citi; Deloitte; Discovery Corporate Services; DLA Piper; EY; Hogan Lovells; JP Morgan; King & Wood Mallesons; KPMG; Linklaters; Lloyds; LSE; Mayer Brown; National Assembly for Wales; PWC; RBS; Royal Air Force; Royal Bank of Canada; Scottish Parliament; Scottish Power; Societe Generale; TSB; UBS; UK Civil Service

Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards 2015


Judging Panel. The final winners of each Special Award category were judged by the following panel:  Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Families; Katie Jacobs, Editor, HR magazine; Mary Mercer, Associate Principal Consultant, Institute for Employment Studies; Sue Lewis, Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Leadership, Work and Organisation at Middlesex University Business School; Charlotte Sweeney, consultant, thought leader and writer on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing; and Jonathan Swan, Research Officer, Working Families.  The judging process for the Special Awards is anonymous – none of the judges knows the identity of the companies which they are judging.

About Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life organisation.  The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone. www.workingfamilies.org.uk  Twitter @workingfamuk

The Working Families helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits.   Call 0300 012 0312 or email advice@workingfamilies.org.uk

Lead Sponsor – Computershare

Media Partner – HR magazine

Media Partner – Guardian Women in Leadership

Carers UK– joint sponsor of best for carers and eldercare

Centrica– sponsor of the best for flexible working award

Direct Line Group– sponsor of the best for line managers award

DTCC– sponsor of the best for innovation award

National Grid– joint sponsor of best for carers and eldercare

Santander– sponsor of the best new flexible working initiative