Family Friendly Awards: The Winners

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Every year, our Family Friendly Awards celebrate the companies making life easier for families in the UK.
There are bronze, silver and gold awards up for grabs, as well as special innovation and recruitment awards. Here's the full list of winners from the 2015 awards.

Innovation Award Winners

Internal Innovation Award winner: Unilever – Family Friendly Benefits

Unilever continuously aim to support its employees through a culture of agile and flexible working policies and family friendly benefits. Including the Bright-Horizons 'Back Up' care – supporting employees when normal care arrangements fail, providing priority access to nurseries and waiving the registration fees. It has also launched MAPS (Maternity & Paternity Support), which offers guidance and support for employees throughout the stages of parenting.

Customer-facing Innovation award winner: Dove – Self-esteem Project (Unilever)

The Dove project delivers self-esteem education to 8-17-year-olds through lessons in schools, workshops and online resources. The 'Mindful Me' activity guide – developed with psychologists, experts and pioneers in body image and girl development – helps girls build body confidence and self-esteem. Unilever successfully achieved its goal of reaching 15 million young people by 2015.

Recruitment Award Winner


Last year, HSBC announced a 50/50 recruitment target to increase the number of women moving into senior management roles. It's also committed to creating a more diverse senior leadership team, introducing a Professional Returners programme to support candidates for senior manager roles who have been out of the workplace to care for children or other dependents. HSBC also promote a family friendly working culture that offers flexible working, a best-in-market shared parental leave policy and a guarantee of part-time work if returning parents want it.