BDF announce 2016 Disability-smart Awards winners


The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards were announced yesterday at an event hosted by Nationwide in London.

Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), prizes were awarded to companies who had demonstrated an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

Winners included Uber, Sainsbury’s, Fujitsu and Barclay who judges said exhibited leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard.

David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO at BDF, said: “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.

He added that he hoped the awards would encourage more businesses to become more 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

For the full list of winners, see below.

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

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