Cap Gemini Ernst & Young were named as winner in the Business Strategy category
of the Management Consultancies Association’s Best Management Practice Awards
2004. The silver award was made for a strategic review of the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award International Foundation and its work in some 110 countries worldwide.

The MCA Awards are designed to recognise outstanding work by management consultancies
on behalf of clients. The winning project, carried out in just three months in
2003, was undertaken to help the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation
rethink its strategy and structure to adapt to its ongoing expansion into countries
around the world, and to examine new approaches to promotional activity and funding.

Paul Arengo-Jones, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation Secretary-General,
said: ‘The strategic review was a most excellent and thorough piece of work. It
was a wonderful catalyst for a whole series of changes which are now being put
into operation with good effect.’

The award, a special plaque, was presented to Laurence West, UK Vice-President
and Head of Consultancy Services at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, at the MCA Awards
Ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on 18th February 2004.

Laurence West said: ‘I am delighted that our work in partnership with this outstandingly
multinational client has been crowned with an award, and pleased that our outstanding
record of success in the MCA Awards continues unbroken into 2004.’


At the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation:

Claire Dakin, Head of Communications

Tel: 020 7222 4242


Notes for Editors

A detailed case study on the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Strategic Review for
the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation is available on request
from Emma Giles, contact details above.

The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group is one of the world’s largest providers
of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services. The company helps businesses
implement growth strategies and leverage technology. The organisation employs
approximately 50,000 people worldwide and reported 2002 global revenues of 7,04
billion euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research
is available at

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting self-development Programme
available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make
a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date almost 5
million young people from over 100 countries have been motivated to undertake
a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. More details are available