Top 10 - Women's Employee Networks  - 2016

This category recognises the achievements of employee network groups established to work on gender diversity within organisations.

dbGO - Deutsche Bank (UK)
Founded in 2003 as the Women in European Business UK network, Deutsche Bank’s UK women’s network, dbGO, was rebranded in 2015. The 600-member strong network, 24% of which are men, focuses on four objectives: inspiration, visibility, career development and influence. Female Managing Directors and Directors have increased by 17% since 2010, and with senior sponsorship from male and female business heads, membership comprises employees across all corporate titles across all locations in the UK.
 
Gender Diversity Network – CFA UK (UK)
The CFA UK Gender Diversity Network was established in 2013 and has since grown to become the largest community group within CFA UK. The CFA UK Gender Diversity Network leads the provision of professional development for diverse women in investment, drives the promotion of investment as a career for young women, and informs decision makers, senior leaders, and the public about the benefits of diversity in the investment profession.

Global Women's Network - A.T. Kearney (Global)
For over 20 years, A.T. Kearney’s Global Women's Network has been committed to recruiting, advancing and supporting women. It offers support for new parents, flexible work options, as well as platforms for a businesswomen's exchange to discuss industry-specific issues. With progressive recruitment policies, career development, pro bono projects and thought leadership forums, GWN at A.T. Kearney has demonstrated an industry best practice in gender equality in the workplace.
 
MixCity Employee Network – BNP Paribas (Global)
Primary objective of this network is to empower women to take up Senior Management Roles and realise their professional ambitions as well as creating management awareness and promote actions for a better gender equality within the organisation. The Network is represented in 20 Countries where BNP Paribas operates globally and has assisted the Group to achieve its target of 25% of women in senior management role by the end of 2014 in an industry which has not typically embraced D&I.

Sodexo Women's International Forum for Talent (SWIFT) - Sodexo (Global)
SWIFT was created in 2009 at the initiative of CEO Michel Landel to accelerate gender balance within Sodexo. SWIFT’s goal was to create a culture of inclusion and facilitate the development of women in the workplace. Their Gender Networks give personal and professional development opportunities for both female and male members and there are now 13 women's or gender balance networks world-wide with thousands of members across Europe and in Canada, Chile, China, India and the USA.

Women of Oliver Wyman Employee Resource Group - Oliver Wyman (Global)
Women of Oliver Wyman (WOW) is dismantling gender bias with several dynamic initiatives. WOW pioneered a successful ‘reverse mentoring’ programme where female staff share experiences at work with their male colleagues. The network launched a leadership development and sponsorship programme to provide women with greater support on the path to partner at Oliver Wyman. Supported by I & D and Senior Leadership, WOW has developed targeted metrics to monitor progress and set best practice standards.

Women's Network - GE (USA)
GE’s Women’s Network was created in 1997 to recruit, develop, promote and retain female talent and to cultivate women’s leadership skills, business practices, personal contacts and career opportunities. It established a scholarship programme to support qualified women interested in technical and business careers, and today is a global presence with 170 hubs in 45 countries. With workshops, speaker engagements, mentoring and networking activities, GEWN has raised over $1.4m and awarded over 280 scholarships.

Women's program UNSWAP - United Nations (Global)
UNSWAP was set up by Aparna Mehrotra and is a UN system-wide accountability framework designed to measure and progress gender equality. She introduced key measurable indicators so each agency is must show verifiable progress. UNSWAP has made remarkable changes in 5 years, addressing hidden biases by talks and workshops with senior management. Staffed by a team of empowered individuals, the UN-wide network has changed management culture at the highest level.

Women’s Network - CBRE (Global)
The Americas division of CBRE’s WNG has approximately 2,200 members: a 450% growth rate in just two years. There is a UK Maternity Policy that includes funding for coaching mothers pre and post maternity leave that has been a success in improving maternity return rates. Key initiatives include networking forums, mentoring programmes, including those for young graduates, and philanthropic efforts. Their Male Champions of Change initiative is committed to helping diversify the real estate industry.

Women’s Network, Tech Women at Intuit - Intuit (Global)
Intuit Women’s Network and Tech Women at Intuit are two networks with a common purpose: building a community and developing employees, empowering women to help other women and their communities, supporting men championing women, and promoting organisations working together. 2014 marked the company’s largest gathering of its female technical talent, sending 170 women to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing for learning and networking.