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“Women don’t just need to have confidence in themselves, but also in their employer, to know that they are being heard and have the support they need,” she says. “There is so much female talent in this organisation, women who have helped to grow and lead the business with substantial knowledge and experience to share. It is crucial for Barclays to harness and nurture that talent, which is why the coaching programme is so important: women have told me that it has been critical to their continued development and success here.”

BT Group has seen a high return rate among employees in response to a company-wide commitment to supporting pregnant women and new mothers.

“Our return rate for women after maternity leave is almost 86 per cent compared with the national average of 77 per cent,” explains Marc Allera, CEO of EE and BT Gender Sponsor. “We want to make sure that our people can thrive with us, whoever they are, and that we retain the brilliantly diverse talent they bring to our organisation. Supporting women taking maternity leave and returning to work through a number of specific policies, initiatives and programmes is an essential part of this.”

Lara Nicoll, Manager Diversity and Inclusion, Ford

“Ford Motor Company seeks to be an employer of choice and recognises the value and competitive advantage women bring to the workplace.

“In seeking to attract, recruit and retain women the Company offers a wide range of supportive measures to new and expectant mothers, including offering in house maternity workshops, providing dedicated maternity advisors and taking a proactive approach to agile working. These support actions combined with an employee parenting support network contribute to the Company’s 98% maternity return rate.”

Tracey Killen, Personnel Director, The John Lewis Partnership

“We believe that the ability of our managers to engage with and support working mothers benefits the individual, their family and the business,” says Personnel Director Tracey Killen. “Investment in the right support and providing both parties with practical guidance can make a real difference to our working mothers – from when they discover they are becoming a parent, in their time away from work and, importantly, on their return to work – and to the people who manage them.”

Phil Bentley, Chief Executive, Mitie 

"Mitie is an exceptionally diverse organisation: I believe it is important to engage and develop our people at all levels, and demonstrate the benefits of our social value. Our diversity is a major part of who we are – we all have different skills, insight, styles, expertise and experiences to bring to the table.

In 2018 we launched our new vision and values, built on the simple premise of ‘The exceptional, every day’ – our overarching commitment to both our customers and our colleagues. Our Promise to our people is to create a place to work where everyone can thrive and be their best every day. We recognise that our diversity makes us stronger which is why Mitie has made it one of our key values.  We offer a progressive approach to flexible working, and additional support such as childcare vouchers, an enhanced maternity leave pay provision, and a buddy system returner programme. We also recognise that there is work to do, so I have set internal diversity targets to ensure that we are attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining the very best people."

Ann Brown, Divisional Director of Human Resources, Nationwide Building Society

“We understand that returning to work as a new mother can be an exciting but also a potentially daunting prospect, not least because of the sheer pace of change in any workplace. Understanding this, and supporting pregnant women to prepare for their maternity leave and then helping them experience a smooth transition back to work, is incredibly important. As a result, the vast majority (almost 86 per cent) of our female employees who become mothers choose to return to their careers at Nationwide and we work with them to make their return as seamless as possible.”

 

Royal Mail has trialled innovative ways to ensure all women, including pregnant women and new mothers, have access to relevant opportunities to build their careers and feel valued. This includes a regular survey of current and previous employees who have taken maternity leave in the last five years to understand and learn from their experiences, and the establishment of a new Parents and Carers Steering Group.

Jon Millidge, Director of Group HR, Royal Mail

“Royal Mail is proud to be one of the founding members of Working Forward. Women are a crucial part of our workforce and this diversity is hugely important to us. As such we have made gender equality part of our business strategy.

“It is important that women who are pregnant, or that have recently returned from maternity leave, are valued for the skills they can offer, and while there is more to do, we believe an engaged and motivated female workforce gives us a business advantage.”

Tricia Riley, Director of Human Resources, Transport for London (TfL)

“We believe it is vital to support working parents at TfL. We have a number of initiatives to help support our employees during pregnancy, maternity leave, returning to work and beyond. We have also just created a Parental Community, which raises awareness about the impact of being a working parent, as well as a ‘Buddy’ scheme enabling employees to get advice from their colleagues about becoming or being a parent.”

All our members

Overseas organisations

Master Adams

Rotary Club of Mirpurkhas Satellite Town

PUSHPA BUILDERS LTD

Working For Corruption Free india

IHRC

Human Education and Cultural Organisation

Whatsmore Foundations

Mary Immaculate College

Non-alphabetical

23red

4EG Consulting

9 2 3 Jobs

All other organbisations in alphabetical order

A

A F Blakemore and Sons Ltd

A Stay At Home CEO

Abeceder Ltd

Abel & Imray

ACAS

Access Generation

Action for children

Action for children

Acton Community Forum

Adult Learning Wales

advogroup Limited

Aecom

Affinity Fostering Services

Age Scotland

Age UK

Aim content marketing

Albyn Housing Society Ltd

Alstom Transport UK

Altus Partners

Amius

Antur Teifi

App Nexus

Arriva Rail North

Arts Council

Arup

AseptA

Aspire

At Your Service Event Staffing

Atkins Global

Atomized Studios

ATOS

ATOS IT Services Ltd

Autism at Kingwood

Avatarjo

Aviva

AVOW

AzTiger

B

Balance Recruitment

Balfour Beatty

BAPN

Barclays

Barnett Waddington

Barry Town Council

Barts Health

Beluga Bean Ltd

Bema - British Engineering and Manufacturers Association

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Better Bathrooms

BFI - British Film Industry

Birmingham City FC

BJL Group Ltd

Blackpool Council

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Blessed Newman College

Blood pressure uk

Bluetone National Park Resort

BookingGo

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Brighton oasis project

Bron Afon Community Housing

Bruntwood

BT

Built by Us

Buttress Architects

BW Interiors Ltd

C

Cairn Housing Association

Camarthenshire Council

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer Research

CANDDI

Cap Gemini

Capital Law

Cardiff Business School

Career-Mums Partnership

Careers Wales

Carmarthenshire County Council

CCW Business Lawyers Limited

Central Manchester University Hospital Trust

Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound

CGI

Change the Chat Ltd

Changing Dialogues Ltd

Chartered Surveyors

Chelmsford City Council

Cheshire Costs Management

Cheshire FA

Chief Happiness

Christie's

CIPD

Citizens Advice and Law Centre

City and County Healthcare Group

City of Edinburgh Council

City of Wolverhampton Council

Clearleft Ltd

Code Computerlove

Colas

Coleg y Cymoedd

Collective Architecture

Connor

Consultancy Team

Consultant

Cooperatives Uk

Coote O'Grady

Coterie Marketing

Cowx Ltd

Creative Collective Synergy (CCS)

CRIN - Child Rights International Network

CSM

C-Tec Ltd

cueVirtue Ltd

Curo Tansatlantic

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

D

Danone

Deloitte

Dentsu Aegis London Limited

Department for Education

Department for Transport

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Designated Group

Deverell Smith Ltd

DICM Quantity Surveyors

Digi2al Ltd

Digital Mums

Dinghy

Diva Creative Ltd

Diverse Minds UK Ltd

Diversity Dynamics Ltd

Diversity House

DiversityJobs.co.uk Limited

Doveleigh Care Limited

Dribble Creative Ltd

DWF

Dyfed-Powys Police

E

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

Ebiquity

Echo Artisits

Eden Planning

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University

Education (STSTE)

Effective HRM

EHRC

EK Coaching

Ekistics Property Advisors LLP

Employ Recruitment UK Ltd

Engine UK

England Golf

Entreprenursery

Environment Agency

Epic Marketing Services

Equal Approach

Equal Talent

Equality and Diversity UK Ltd

Equality Pays

Ergo Law

Essex County Fire and Rescue

Evergreen Energy

Eversheds-Sutherland

Evolution Recruitment Solutions

F

Family and Childcare Trust

Family Friendly Working Scotland

Family Housing Association Wales

FFWS

Fife Centre for Equalities

Financial Ombudsman Service

Finanicial Ombudsman Service

Firstsource Solutions Ltd

Fledglink

Fleet Evolution

Flex Appeal

Food Standards Agency

Ford

Ford Credit

Founders Factory

Freuds

Further&More

G

Gamma

Gapsquare

Gary Cookson Ltd

GDPR Training Ltd

General Optical Council

Georgian House hotel

Glasgow City Council

GNP Community Forum

Gorvin Solicitors

Gower College Swansea

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

GPS Return

GPS Talent Solutions Ltd

Grantley Hall

Grays Medics

Grwp Llandrillo Menai

Guilty Mothers Club

Gyrfa Cymru Careers Wales

H

Hallmark

Hayne Consulting

Head of Operational Excellence (People Team)

Heale Solutions

Heaton House Events Limited

Herkofy Ltd

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highways England

HLM

Holdingham Group Ltd

Holyhead School

Homegroup

HSBC

Huntress

I

i3 group

IBM

Iceni Projects

iCrossing

Idem living

Imperial College London

Incite Marketing Planning Ltd

Inclusive Employers

Infant Index

Infusion GB

Inidan Summer

INNOVO Network & Innovation

Insitutue of Leadership and Management

Inspiral Coaching

Inspiral Development

Inspired Talent

International Teaching Seminars

Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey CAB Raigmore Hospital CAB Office                                                                     

Islabikes

Ison Harrison Solicitors

ITE Moda Ltd

ITV

J

Jacobs

Jarvie Plant Group Ltd

Jersey Financial Services Commission

John Lamb Insurance Broking Ltd

John Lewis

JustRight Scotland

K

Kayako Ltd

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Keri Philllips Associates

KeyrRing

Kings College London

Kinsgley Napley LLP

Kirklees College

Komfort Partitioning

KPMG

Kraft Heinz

Kreston Reeves

L

Landmarks College

Laudale Associates

Law by Design

Lawyer

LeanIn.Org

Legal & General

Leyton Sixth Form College

Link4Life

Live Nation Entertainment

Lloyd's of London

Lodders Solicitors LLP

London Business School

London Early Years Foundation

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Met University

M

M2Digital Ltd

Macclesfield College

MAHLE

Malcolm Hollis LLP

Manchester Digital

Marketing Manchester

Marks and Spencer

Marple Hall School

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

Mastek Inc

Maternity Action

mclcreate

MediaCom North Ltd

Mercer Ltd

Metropolitan Police Service

Michelmores LLP

Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Midtown Acrylics

Mitie

Moment Health

Money Advice Service

Morgan Laroche

Morgan Parkes Recruitment

Morningstar Europe

Mother London

MTM Products

Mumbelievable Ltd

Mummy Jobs Ltd

Mundipharma

Munro & Forster Communications

MVF Global

N

Naked Wines

Nationwide

NAWIC

NCFE

Nebulas

Neil Stewart Associates

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust

Nestle UK Ltd

Network Rail

NEW LIFE CHRISTAIN CENTER

New Local Government Network

NHS

NHS Lothian

Nimbus Engineering

Ninja Tune Limited

Norfolk and Suffolk Mental health Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk County Unison Branch

North Highland

North Staffs CCG and Stoke-on-Trent CCG

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University 

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

Novus Property Solutions

Npower

NPTC Group of Colleges

NWFC

O

Ocasta Studios

October Raine

Ofcom

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Organically Epic

P

PageGroup

Paragon Building Consultancy

Paul J Watson Solicitor

Peak

Peel land and Property Group

Pennine Care NHS Foundations Trust

Pets At Home

Pink Dog

Pinsent Masons

Pitney Bowes

PLUS DANE HOUSING

Police Scotland

Polypipe Group

Pomegranate Commercial Finance

Port of Leith housing Association

Porter HR

Post Office Ltd

Possibilities Realised Ltd.

Power of the Parent

Powershop UK

Principal Insurance

Principal Insurance

Printerbase Ltd

PSI International Holdings Ltd

Public Health Wales

PwC

Q

QLS

Qualifications Wales

Queens Cross Housing Association

R

RAC

Ramboll Uk

RBS/Natwest/Coutts

RCI

Reason Digital

Red Stone

REED

Rotork

Royal College of Midwives

Royal Lancaster London

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Shakespere Company

Rudding Park

S

Sage UK Ltd

Salford City Council

Salford City Council

Savills (UK) Ltd

Scan-X Secuirty

Scapa

Schneider Electric

School

Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber CIC

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Sensee

Shareyourjob.com

Sheena Travis

Shell UK

Shepard and Wedderburn

Shetland Islands Council

Shine Brighter Consulting Ltd

Shooting stars day nursery

Siemens Healthcare

Silverchip

SimpsonHaugh

Skill Development Scotland

Skipton Building Society

Slalom

Slate Legal

SLC Rail

Social Value UK

Society Search

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support

Sopra Steria

South Essex Partnership NHS Trust

South Wales Police / Police & Crime Commissioner

Sparta Digital

Speed Communications

Stafford Borough Council

Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Stewart and Co Solicitors

Story Designs Limited

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Sunrise Senior Living

Sussex Police

Swinky

T

TAFEP

Talent Suits

TantrumXYZ

techUK

TDX group

Teledyne

Telefonica - O2

Telegraph

TFL

The Adventure team

The Big Lemon

The Blue Dandelion Ltd

The Calico Group

The Co-operative Bank

The Daisy Chain

The Diversity Puzzle

The Drive Project

The Futures Flexi

The Garden Trading Company

The Growth Company

The Lightbulb Tree

The Lowry

The Parent Effect

The Parent Mentor

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS

The SR group

The Talent Keeper Specialists

The Together Housing Group

The Working Parent Company

ThoughtWorks

Ticketmaster

TJ Morris

TOGETHER TRUST

Torfaen County Borough Council

Towards Vision

Transform

TransPennine Express

Twinings

U

UCBC Ltd

UK Export Finance

UK Networks Land and property Ltd

Umbrella Training

Unida Consulting

United Learning

University College London

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

University of Bristol Students Union

University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of East Anglia

University of Manchester

University Southampton Hospital NHS Trust

Untapped FR

US2U Consulting Ltd

V

Vault Platform

Virgin Trains

W

Wales and West Utilities

Wallasey Orthodontics

Warrington Community Living

Wealth at Work Ltd

Webmart Ltd

Well Associates Ltd

Wells Fargo

Welsh Assembly Governement

Welsh Water

Wendy Carney

Wesleyan

West Midlands Combined Authority

Westminster City Council

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Whittington Health NHS Trust

Wigan Council

Work Best

WYG

X

XTP

XTP International

Y

York College

Your Housing Group

Z

Zaizi Ltd

Zero Waste Scotland

Last updated: 20 Mar 2020