Blog from Kathryn Nawrockyi, Director Opportunity Now
Every year, the day our awards open for entry is a great landmark for us as a team – this is the start of a process that will see us receive and score piles of entries, deliberate over short listing and judging, and culminate in our glittering awards dinner in April, where we celebrate the award winners and all those who have achieved a place in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list.
This year is even more of a landmark, as our Awards for Excellence step up a gear with new partners coming on board.
I am very proud to be announcing today that Nationwide is partnering with Opportunity Now to sponsor the Awards for Excellence. Nationwide has a record to be proud of as a responsible business and leader in the campaign for gender equality. Not only is Nationwide recognised as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women, but the organisation also took a powerful stance earlier this year when it withdrew its advertising from Facebook in response to a proliferation of gender violent and misogynist content on the site.
We also have a new partnership with UN Women UK on our Global Award. UN Women UK is focussed on empowering women to participate fully in economic life worldwide. Its Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) – a framework which offers guidance on empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community – connect powerfully with Opportunity Now’s benchmark and our work on transparency. Principle 7 calls for companies to report on process and underscores that transparency and accountability go hand-in-hand. We will be making the most of the links between our respective campaigns.
I am also pleased to be continuing our partnerships with CIPD on our Directing Diverse Talent award, with Cranfield School of Management on our FTSE Award and with the Government Equalities Office on the Transparency Award.
Year on year the standard gets higher, raising the bar for the Awards and the Times Top 50 Employers for Women. With Nationwide now leading the way, there can be no question that the calibre of entries this year will be, as ever, outstanding. I look forward to reading them.