Capgemini Wins Top Award for Responsible Business Practice

| Press release

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, was today named winner of Britain’s top award for responsible business practice in the Business in the Community Awards 2004.

Known as ‘the Big Tick’, the award was made for the company’s involvement in two nationwide schemes aimed at improving education for children and young people. In the ‘Partners in Leadership’ programme, Capgemini senior managers and consultants work with head teachers to provide free help and advice on issues of management, organisation and budgeting, while in the ‘Time to Read’ scheme, company staff at all levels give up their own time to help children overcome reading difficulties.

The award was made following a scrutiny by the Business in the Community judges of the quality of the management processes deployed by Capgemini in its community programmes, of the level and quality of resources committed to those programmes by the company, and the impact of the programmes at grass roots level on the communities and individuals involved.

Some 235 senior staff at Capgemini, up to and including the UK Executive Board have participated in ‘Partners in Leadership’, making the company the biggest contributor of resources to the programme. More than 250 Capgemini staff regularly take part in the ‘Time to Read’ scheme at schools across Britain.

Clive Williams, CEO at Capgemini UK, said: ‘The real reward from our community programmes is the impact they have on making Britain a better society and a nicer place to live, but winning this award is a great bonus and, in purely business terms, a big help when it comes to recruiting the best talent.’

The Business in the Community Awards 2004 were announced by Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Energy and E-Commerce, at an event today at Lancaster House, London, hosted by the Department for Trade and Industry.

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Notes to Editors

About the Capgemini Group
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, the company helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide (including 2,727 Transiciel people who joined on December 2003) and reported 2003 global revenues of 5.7 billion euros.

About Business in the Community
Business in the Community (President: HRH The Prince of Wales) is a unique movement in the UK of 700 member companies, with a further 1600 participating in our programmes and campaigns. We operate through a network of 98 local business-led partnerships, as well as working with 45 global partners. Our purpose is to inspire, challenge, engage and support business in continually improving its positive impact on society. We are the largest and longest-established organisation of its kind - an independent business-led charity with over 20 years experience. Our BIG TICK is awarded to companies that are able to demonstrate a high standard of excellence in the way they organise and integrate their responsible business practices, and can show a positive impact both on society and on the business.