The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most highly profiled and well-established listing of employers leading the way on workplace gender equality. These employers make gender equality part of their business strategy at all levels.
Each year Business in the Community (BITC) invites companies with a presence in the UK to apply by detailing how their organisations are working towards gender equality. The employers that make it onto the list are selected by gender equality experts at BITC. The list is unranked and published in alphabetical order.
The assessment process focuses on transparency, the causes behind gender gaps, what companies are doing to address these structural issues and the impact of their actions. The evaluation includes, but is not limited to, roles of senior leaders, actions to increase representation of women in senior positions, intersectionality, supporting parents and carers, stopping bullying and harassment and what they are doing to promote gender equality outside their organisation.
In addition to making the Top 50 list entrants also have the opportunity, through one application process, to enter BITC’s Responsible Business Gender Equality Award. The award celebrates outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact, innovation and individual achievement. Both programmes recognise the progress employers are making to create inclusive workplace cultures that enable women to reach their full potential.
Only the 50 organisations identified as top employers will be eligible to be considered for a BITC Gender Equality Award. Up to five finalists will be selected and invited to a judging panel of external experts that will take place in May 2020, and from which a single winner will be chosen. Assessment criteria for this award will be against additional elements including strategy and sustainability; impact and transformational change and innovation.