Congratulations to the organisations below, who took notable steps in 2016/2017 to create exceptional business culture. The winners of the 2018 and 2019 awards have also been announced. To find out more about their award-winning work, register to join our Business Culture community here.

Winners 2017

Overall Winner

Lindt & Sprüngli
During a period of rapid growth, and a competitive commercial landscape, Lindt conceived their Diamond project to create a common purpose for all employees and a truly exceptional workplace. Co-created by Lindt’s leaders and the rest of the workforce, this exemplary programme has enabled people to be their best selves at work, increasing the confidence of leaders and empowering staff to create sustainable solutions for the future.

Best Large Organisation

Aviva
During the large-scale integration with Friends Life in 2015-16, effective dialogue was instigated between leaders and staff from the outset, with a clear drive to engage people’s hearts and minds in the change, and the development of a shared purpose and culture with consistent behaviours. Significant milestones were met earlier than planned, and engagement scores increased even within the first year of integration.

Best Small & Medium Organisation

RHP
The cultural change programme “Iamrhp” has been central to RHP’s success at a uniquely challenging time for the housing sector. Embedded both internally and externally, through recruitment, onboarding and development, and in how employees deliver services to their customers, it has delivered impressive levels of engagement and commercial performance.

Best Public/Not-For-Profit Organisation

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
New values were developed after consultation with patients and their families, staff, and other stakeholders, and these are strongly experienced in the way co-workers and patient families are engaged with. Work has also underlined how crucial non-clinical staff are in their indirect role contributing to patient care.

International Initiative

Sanofi Pasteur
This organisation has brought about a deep transformation in the way they work, best described as corporate activism. Uniting sites around the globe from the outset around a common purpose, employees have been individually empowered to drive change and improvements, and leaders are focussed on supporting them and removing barriers to action, driving high motivation and an uplift in business performance in many key areas.

Innovation Initiative

Lindt & Sprüngli
During a period of rapid growth, and a competitive commercial landscape, Lindt conceived their Diamond project to create a common purpose for all employees and a truly exceptional workplace. Co-created by Lindt’s leaders and the rest of the workforce, this exemplary programme has enabled people to be their best selves at work, increasing the confidence of leaders and empowering staff to create sustainable solutions for the future.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Arm
With more than 40 global sites, and during a period of massive growth, it has been crucial to Arm to foster a sense of community and collaboration. The company identified a CSR strategy focussed on volunteering as the way forward. TeamArm and its Champions are now recognisable globally, and a huge 75% of the 4k+ workforce have supported the activities.

Learning Initiative

GKN
GKN focussed firstly on making their Values relatable; drawing in perspectives from their 58k-strong workforce. Their resulting “DNA” has been embedded throughout many key programmes, with an initial focus on leadership and how they could more effectively be set up to deliver on future strategy. Working with experential learning consultancy, ProfitAbility, GKN delivered a programme which has resulted in a visible shift in key leadership behaviours.

Organisational Culture Champions

Orbis Programme Team
The integration of East Sussex and Surrey County Councils was a given from government but the way the team managed the development of this was a choice. Focussing on relationships and networks, they created a new identity and a sense of belonging for all. Encompassing the vision for the new organisation, as well as expected behaviours and actions, the new organisation has empowered people, fostered innovation, while driving the cost efficiencies required.

Winners 2018-2019

View the full list of Winners for the 2019 and 2018 Awards to find out which organisations have created and implemented projects which have a positive impact on aspects of their culture – increasing purpose, pride, collaboration or learning by example.

To get recognition for your own work, please register to enter next year’s Awards, or speak to a member of the Business Culture Awards Team on +44 (0)1727 847398 or at team@businesscultureawards.com.