Capgemini UK plc has been named the winner of the Corporate Award in the Women of the Future Awards 2009, organised by Real Business magazine in association with Shell. The Capgemini submission beat shortlisted entries from other leading companies such as BT, Goldman Sachs and nPower.
Following a speech from David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition, the award was presented to Capgemini Senior Vice President Christine Hodgson at the Women of the Future event at the London Marriott Hotel. It recognises Capgemini’s investment in female talent, its effective fostering of women’s careers, its commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity, its support for networking and role models, and its sensitivity to issues such as work-life balance and the needs of women with young children.
Capgemini attendees at the awards celebrate the win
The Corporate Award aims specifically at recognising organisations that provide the best roles, career paths, working conditions and development opportunities for women under the age of 35, and the Capgemini entry was supplemented by several case studies on individual younger women employees, contributed by the women themselves.
Comments by the women featured (all of whom are under 35) mentioned:
The Capgemini University at Les Fontaines near Paris – “an incredibly beautiful place to have training in, where you learn a lot while meeting people from Capgemini locations all round the world.”
The company’s commitment to social responsibility – “all big companies have the glossy brochures but at Capgemini the reality matches the promises. I especially like our commitment to the Naandi Programme that provides education for over 10,000 underprvileged girls in India.”
The Capgemini UK Women’s Business Network – “this gave me lots of opportunities to network, share experiences and meet women in the company who have risen to VP and Board level.”
Returning from maternity leave – “With a baby, I needed minimal travel but without compromising my career, so it was great to get reassignment to a role where I could learn new skills and work largely from home.”
Ann Brown, Director of Human Resources at Capgemini UK, said: “Winning this award is yet another proof of our commitment to women and their career opportunities. It reinforces our selection for the fourth year running in the Times Top 50 companies where women in the UK want to work.”