Women of the Future Awards Capgemini UK plc has been named the winner of the Corporate Award in the Women of the Future Awards 2009,
organised by Real Business magazine in association with Shell. The Capgemini
submission beat shortlisted entries from other leading companies such as BT,
Goldman Sachs and nPower.

Following a speech from
David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition, the award was presented to Capgemini
Senior Vice President Christine Hodgson at the Women of the Future event at the London Marriott Hotel. It recognises
Capgemini’s investment in female talent, its effective fostering of women’s
careers, its commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity, its support
for networking and role models, and its sensitivity to issues such as work-life
balance and the needs of women with young children.

Capgemini team with the trophy

Capgemini attendees at the awards celebrate the win

The Corporate Award aims
specifically at recognising organisations that provide the best roles, career
paths, working conditions and development opportunities for women under the age
of 35, and the Capgemini entry was supplemented by several case studies on
individual younger women employees, contributed by the women themselves.  

Comments by the women featured (all of whom
are under 35) mentioned:

  • The
    Capgemini University at Les Fontaines near Paris – “an incredibly beautiful
    place to have training in, where you learn a lot while meeting people from
    Capgemini locations all round the world.”

  • The
    company’s commitment to social responsibility – “all big companies have the
    glossy brochures but at Capgemini the reality matches the promises. I
    especially like our commitment to the Naandi Programme that provides education
    for over 10,000 underprvileged girls in India.” 

  • The
    Capgemini UK Women’s Business Network – “this gave me lots of opportunities to
    network, share experiences and meet women in the company who have risen to VP
    and Board level.” 

  • Returning
    from maternity leave – “With a baby, I needed minimal travel but without
    compromising my career, so it was great to get reassignment to a role where I
    could learn new skills and work largely from home.”

Ann Brown, Director of Human
Resources at Capgemini UK
, said: “Winning this award is yet another proof of
our commitment to women and their career opportunities. It reinforces our
selection for the fourth year running in the Times Top 50 companies where women
in the UK want to work
.”