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Culture at its best: Business Culture Awards 2021 winners

The Business Culture Awards have been running for seven years and each year judges pour over 100s of entries to recognise the best organisational cultures. Here are the winners for 2021
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“We have steered our organisations through the pandemic, the pingdemic, lockdowns, shutdowns and more – and we are still going.” So said Tim Pointer, founder of the Business Culture Awards as he introduced the 2021 Business Culture Awards in London, UK.

The reason, he said, is because as organisations we choose how to respond to challenges. “It is a choice to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the centre of work, it is a choice to put volunteers into our communities, a choice to prioritise mental health and a choice to create and sustain purposeful workplaces that listen to and engage colleagues.”

And it is those organisations that make a positive choice here that the Business Culture Awards recognises. In 202I there was a record level of entries for the 25 categories. The People Space is delighted to continue its media partnership with the awards and to recognise the fantastic winners and finalists who are building better cultures to win in today’s, and tomorrow’s, world.  Below are this year’s winners:

Business Culture Awards: Overall Winner

Winner: Openreach – FND
 

Business Culture in a Crisis (>500 employees)

Winner: ISS - Global Operations

Highly Commended: Dr Martens

Finalists:

BT Group plc

Inmarsat

Maven Seven Solutions + Telenor Hungary

Openreach - FND

Radiology Partners

Volkswagen Financial Services
 

Business Culture in a Crisis (<500 employees)

Winner: Avado

Highly Commended: Vynamic

Finalists:

Catalina

Gunnercooke

Reward Gateway

Spirit Health Group

Transform Hospital Group

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK
 

Best Business Transformation Initiative

Winner: Openreach - FND

Highly Commended: Ordnance Survey + Dragonfish

Finalists:

Aurora + Corporate Punk

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

McCann Worldgroup

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Sanne + Emperor

Transform Hospital Group
 

Best Digital Transformation Initiative

Winner: Dubai Police

Finalists:

Applus+

Foxtons

Glasgow Science Centre

Yodel
 

Building a Culture of Innovation Initiative

Winner: Aurora + Corporate Punk

Highly Commended: Concentrix

Finalists:

Allianz Turkey

Applus+

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Dubai Sports Council

EngTal

Everflow Group
 

Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Winner: Mitie + t-three

Highly Commended: Foxtons

Finalists:

Cultural Infusion

Dorchester Collection

GXO

McCann Worldgroup

Reward Gateway

Schroders


Leading with Purpose for Business Culture

Winner: Crown Worldwide Group

Highly Commended: XPS Pensions Group

Finalists:

REAL Fundraising

Volkswagen Financial Services

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK
 

Best Brand & Values Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: REAL Fundraising

Highly Commended: Glide

Finalists:

Jasco Products

Makesworth Accountants

Mortgage Advice Bureau + Culture Consultancy

F Hoffmann-La Roche


Best Working Environments & Practices Initiative

Winner: Personio

Highly Commended: Inmarsat

Finalists:

Avado

Domestic & General

GovGrant

Mount Anvil

Punch Creative

Reward Gateway
 

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Mitie + t-three

Highly Commended: Babcock International Group + Hive Learning

Finalists:

Concentrix

John West Foods

Keter UK + Brave Conversations

Notion Limited

Novartis UK + Rubica Change & Analytics

Schroders


Best Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Highly Commended: SSCL

Finalists:

Aico

John West Foods

Keter UK

Orbit

Slalom

Sovereign Housing
 

Best Internal Communications Strategy for Business Culture

Winner: Inmarsat

Highly Commended: Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK

Finalists:

Domestic & General

Transform Hospital Group

UST - Corporate Communications Team
 

Best Employee Voice Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Childbase Partnership Ltd

Highly Commended: F Hoffmann-La Roche

Finalists:

John West Foods

UST - Corporate Communications Team

Volkswagen Financial Services


Business Culture Leadership Award

Winner: Patron Capital, Keith Breslauer

Highly Commended: Carparts.com, Lev Peker

Finalists:

Everflow Group, Josh Gill

Globalization Partners, Senior Leadership Team

Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, Honorable Lujaina Mohsin Haider Darwish

Mortgage Advice Bureau , Claire Smith

F Hoffmann-La Roche, Jessica Bensch

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK, Elise Sallis
 

Business Culture Team Award

Winner: UST, Office of Values & Culture

Highly Commended: Boston Scientific + Xenergie Consulting, Boston Scientific New

Product Development Team

Finalists:

Cisco, Cisco Global Systems Engineering (GSE) Onboarding Culture Team

Fairstone Group, Fairstone Group Team

HSBC, Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM) Team

Ouma, Ouma Marketing Team

Radley London, The People Team

Vynamic, London Team
 

Best Next Generation Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Glasgow Science Centre

Finalists:

Dubai Police

Inmarsat
 

Best Coaching, Mentoring & Personal Development Initiative

Winner: Foxtons

Highly Commended: Dimensions

Finalists:

Notion Limited

Very
 

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

Winner: Bitwise Industries

Highly Commended: Childbase Partnership Ltd

Finalists:

Aico

ISS UK

Mount Anvil

Patron Capital

UST - Office of Values & Culture
 

Best Integration & Merger Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Fairstone Group

Finalists:

Fairstone Group

Radiology Partners


Best International Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Allianz Turkey

Highly Commended: McCann Worldgroup

Finalists:

Applus+

Euro Accounting

Maven Seven Solutions + Telenor Hungary

Radiology Partners
 

Best Large Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Openreach - FND

Highly Commended: UST - Office of Values & Culture

Finalists:

Concentrix

HSBC

ISS - Global Operations

Schroders
 

Best Medium Organisation for Business Culture

Joint Winner: Dr Martens

Joint Winner: GAMA Healthcare

Finalists:

Domestic & General

Featurespace

Gunnercooke

Workhuman
 

Best Small Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Mortgage Advice Bureau + Culture Consultancy

Highly Commended: Catalina

Finalists:

Croud

Euro Accounting

GovGrant

Kid-A

Patron Capital

Vynamic


Best Public/Not-For-Profit Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Highly Commended: Dimensions

Finalists

Dubai Police

FITC

Glasgow Science Centre

Orbit
 

Business Culture Consultancy of the Year

Winner: Dragonfish

Highly Commended: Corporate Punk

Finalists:

Avado

Paradigm Human Performance

Rubica Change & Analytics

Veran Performance

 

The Business Culture Awards will be sharing case studies from the winners over the coming year. You can find out more on its website here.  

Published 5 October 2021
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