2016 Disability-smart Awards winners announced

2016 Disability-smart Awards winners announced

Photo : The awesome awards all lined up, waiting to be handed to the inspiring winners

The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards were announced on 9th November 2016 at an event hosted by Nationwide in London. Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

The awards are given to organisations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard. The Disability Standard represents best practice, but also provides information about specific areas to support business in their journey to becoming disability-smart and improve performance for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders.

The judging panel for the awards included leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF’s Member and Partner organisations and disabled opinion leaders.

“We have seen organisations demonstrating a real commitment to getting it right for disabled employees, customers and stakeholders, and a host of major achievements by our Members and Partners.”

Photo : Colleagues from Fujitsu, winner of ‘ICT’ and ‘Disability Employee Network’ awards

The following organisations and individuals were announced as winners and highly commended in their respective categories :

Executive Disability Champion

Winner : Steve Thorn, CGI
Highly commended : Debbie Alder, Department for Work & Pensions

Disability Champion

Winner : Heather Carey, Cisco
Highly commended : Mayte Cubino Gonzalez, Cisco


Winner : Sainsbury’s


Winner : Victim Support
Highly commended : Nationwide


Winner : Lloyds Banking Group
Highly commended : Department for Work & Pensions


Winner : Equal Approach & Remploy

Staff retention

Winner : Barclays

Disabled Employee Network

Winner : Fujitsu
Highly commended : Lloyds Banking Group

Products & services – Business to business

Winner : Barclays

Extra Costs Award

Winner : Uber


Winner : Fujitsu

Photo – Left to right | Colleagues from Uber, winner of the ‘Extra Costs’ award | Colleagues from Sainsbury’s, winner of the ‘Branding’ award | Heather Carey, Cisco, winner of the ‘Disability Champion’ award | Colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group, winner of the ‘Adjustments’ award

David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO at BDF, said : “This year’s Disability-smart Awards highlighted some great practice from businesses across a wide range of industries.

“We have seen organisations demonstrating a real commitment to getting it right for disabled employees, customers and stakeholders, and a host of major achievements by our Members and Partners.

“We hope that our Disability-smart Awards encourage other businesses, regardless of their size, industry or sector, to emulate our winners in terms of becoming disability-friendly.”

The 2017 Disability-smart Awards scheme will open for entries in early 2017. For more information on the Disability-smart Awards or the Disability Standard, visit www.disabilitystandard.com.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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