BDF announce 2016 Disability-smart Awards winners

10 November 2016

London, UK – The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards were announced yesterday (9 November) at an event hosted by Nationwide in London. 

Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

The awards are given to organisations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard. The Disability Standard represents best practice, but also provides information about specific areas to support business in their journey to becoming disability-smart and improve performance for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders.

The judging panel for the awards included leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF's Member and Partner organisations and disabled opinion leaders.

The following organisations and individuals were announced as winners and highly commended in their respective categories:


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


David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO at BDF, said:

“This year’s Disability-smart Awards highlighted some great practice from businesses across a wide range of industries. 

“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. 

“We hope that our Disability-smart Awards encourage other businesses, regardless of their size, industry or sector, to emulate our winners in terms of becoming 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



Notes to editors:


1.    Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit business consortium that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. We have more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit: 

2.    For further information on the Disability-smart awards and Disability Standard, visit The Disability Standard is kindly sponsored by Accenture.

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