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Celebrating top women and the companies behind them. These annual awards honour and applaud outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation, in organisations that play a role in advancing women to the forefront of the economy. Covering all major economic sectors, and awarding business from SMME- to national-level.

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BEFORE WE GET STARTED : Click below to expand on a comprehensive guide on how to prepare and submit your nominations to South Africa’s iconic gender empowerment event of the year.

For female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, men driving gender & organisations.

HOW THE AWARDS WINNERS WILL BE DETERMINED

General Criteria

All companies must show a turnover above R35 Million (unless otherwise specified).Please advise of any allegations against you or your organisation in the past 48 months

Gender Equity

  • 30% of Female employees

  • 20% of Female directors (executive)

  • 10% of Female senior management

  • 20% of Female ownership / shareholding /partnership

Company Policies (Female Specific)

Skills Development (Female Specific)

CSI Expenditure (Female Specific)

Financial Performance

Annual Turnover

Turnover Growth

Profit Ratio

The independent judges will base their scores on two important sections broken down as follows:

  • 10% of your score will be on general criteria (10 points allocated to general criteria)
  • 90% of your scores will be on the organisations motivation (90 points allocated to motivation)

Motivation

A clear and defined set of targets (that has been reached according to the programme’s initial model) must be explained in the nomination motivation.

The judges will review your nomination on the following points.

  1. The organisation needs to show alignment to the category and clearly articulate the goal. (total of 10 points)
  2. How unique and innovative are your programmes? (total of 10 points)
  3. Demonstrate the impact of the organisations goals, job creation and how it has been justified through relevant evidence and supporting documents. (total of 60 points)

  4. How has the program/initiative contributed to the organisations growth and it is scalable? (total of 10 points)

  5. If your vision for the future is sustainable. (total of 10 points) 

Once all entries are closed, the entries are assessed in accordance with the criteria set out for each award, resulting shortlisted finalists for each of the categories. 

The list of finalists for each category are then independently verified to ensure that they meet the criteria per category and a ‘judge’s pack’ is prepared for our external judging process. The shortlisted finalists are announced in the press and all companies/individuals advised of their inclusion.

The judges will then convene to decide on the winners for each category. The ‘judge’s pack’ containing all the relevant information, provided by the entrant, for each finalist in a category is presented to the independent.

How to prepare and submit your nomination.

STEP 1: Review the categories and choose the categories in which you’ll participate.

The category breakdown will outline how to submit your entries. All of this information is also available on our website.

STEP 2:  Start collating all of your information and supporting documents (articles, press releases videos, accolades, news articles and testimonials).

Ensure that all info is related to gender empowerment.

STEP 3:  Write a motivation or shoot a short video (mobile phone will do)

STEP 4: Once you are ready with all your information click “Start your Entry” button below

Organisation Awards

These categories will celebrate and recognise the achievements of organisaions striving to make the workplace supportive to women.

Top Gender Empowered SMME Award

This category celebrates South African small or medium enterprises that have demonstrated outstanding results in gender empowerment. The highly coveted trophy will be awarded to a company that has recorded significant growth over the last three years. However, the winner will have to show more than just sales figures – the trophy will go to inspirational organisations that have given women a voice and empowered them in the workplace.

Your entry should include:

  • Performance results over the last three years
  • Details of gender empowerment projects and proof of their success
  • Evidence of annual revenue between R5 and R35 million per annum

Diversity in the Workplace Award

This category is for companies that celebrate diversity across all levels of employees. This award is not just for those businesses that empower women; it’s for companies that embrace multiculturalism and inspire their employees to create an inclusive workplace. An award-winning entry will show diversity in preferential recruitment policies, skills development programmes and a representative workplace.

Your entry should include:

  • Examples of your recruitment policies and skills development programmes
  • Demographics of your company and examples of diversity
  • Details of the company’s vision for diversity
Corporate Citizenship Award

This award was created to honour companies that look beyond their employees and workplaces and strive to make a difference in the world around them. This award is for those businesses that invest in South African women and girls, focusing on improving their quality of life and economic prosperity through innovative programmes. Winners will be chosen based on the impact of their social investment efforts, as well as their company’s culture of gender empowerment within the workplace.

Your entry should include:

  • Examples of social investment programmes
  • Demonstration of the success of social investment programmes for women and girls
  • Evidence of gender empowerment culture within the company
Skills Development Award

A focus on developing young women will need to be at the heart of entries for this category. Judges will be looking for innovative leadership and skills programmes aimed at developing the capabilities and prospects of young women. These programmes will need to widen career possibilities for participants and must be centred in the heavy equipment industries. Winning organisations will need to demonstrate the significant impact of their programmes.

Your entry should include:

  • Details of skills development programmes
  • Demonstration of the success of these programmes
  • Evidence of the impact of skills development programmes
Top Gender Empowered Company in Resources Award

This award celebrates companies in the resource industries that are moving away from their traditionally male-dominated routes to embrace gender empowerment in sectors such as mining, oil and gas. This category is for companies in the resources sector that have women climbing the ladder, succeeding at all levels of the organisation, including management.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of gender empowerment programmes
  • Success stories of successful women employees and leaders
  • Details of the impact of company gender-empowerment initiatives
Top Gender Empowered Company in Retail Award

This award looks to encourage gender-empowerment within the retail sector and is open to hard-line retailers, broadline retailers, soft goods retailers, shopping centres, warehouse/ wholesale concerns and distributors. Winners in the category not only drive equality through gender-empowerment programmes but also place diversity at the core of their growth and expansion plans.

Your entry should include:

  • Details of gender empowerment programmes
  • Demonstration of the success of these programmes
  • An unpacking of the company’s vision and the role women play in it
Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Award

This category celebrates companies in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure development sectors. Award winners are companies that have implemented innovative practices to their businesses while keeping gender empowerment at their hearts. This category is for companies with inspirational women who are leading the industry and programmes that empower women to take their place in the traditionally male-dominated sector.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of gender empowerment programmes
  • Success stories of successful women employees and leaders
  • Details of innovative practices within the company and their impact on gender empowerment
Top Gender Empowered Company: Innovation Through Technology Award

This award honours women who are shaping the tech industry and the companies that are empowering them to drive the 4th Industrial Revolution. All companies involved in information technology hardware, software and computing service industries are eligible to enter for this award. However, they must demonstrate how they are making strides in gender empowerment through tech-based applications and innovations and the women in their companies who are leading this charge.

Your entry should include:

  • Examples of tech-based innovation that is driving gender empowerment
  • Success stories of successful women employees and leaders
  • Details of empowerment practices within the company
Top Gender Empowered Company in Health & Pharmaceuticals Award

This category celebrates women pioneering the health and pharmaceuticals industries and the companies with the innovative empowerment programmes that support them. The award is open to hospitals, medical suppliers, pharmaceutical firms, biotechnology firms, spas and alternative healthcare companies. Award-winning companies will need to demonstrate strong levels of gender empowerment at all levels, including management.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of gender empowerment programmes
  • Success stories of successful women employees and leaders
  • Details of innovative practices within the company and their impact on gender empowerment
Top Gender Empowered Company in Energy & Utilities Award

This category is open to companies that specialise in energy alternatives, products or processes that reduce environmental impact. The award looks to celebrate companies that are not only creating sustainable ways to reduce our impact on the planet but are also uplifting women through programmes that are as innovative as their products.

Your entry should include:

  • Demonstration of how the company reduces environmental impact
  • Details of innovative gender-empowerment practices within the company
  • Examples of inspiring women working to create sustainable differences
Top Gender Empowered Company in Financial Services

From audit and accounting firms and tax advisories to related companies, this award celebrates businesses that are empowering women in financial services. 

These are companies that have a track record of gender-empowerment programmes that provide women with the skills they need to take their place in roles right up to C-suite level. Financial services companies with inspiring women leaders and a strong culture of creating opportunities for women are ideal for this category.

Your entry should include:

  • Details of gender empowerment programmes
  • Success stories of successful women employees and leaders
  • Evidence of a company culture of gender empowerment
Top Gender Empowered Company in Travel & Hospitality Award

This award celebrates women steering the hospitality and travel sectors and companies that are creating opportunities for women in these fields. Hotels and hotel chains, gaming and leisure resorts, exhibition and conference facilities, restaurant and pub holding companies, airlines and travel agents – these are all sectors that are eligible to enter this award. Winning companies will boast success stories of women who have been trained and empowered and who have taken up leadership roles within the company.

Your entry should include:

  • Details of gender empowerment programmes
  • Evidence of successful women employees and leaders
  • Demonstration of the impact gender empowerment has had on the tourism sector
Top Gender Empowered Public Service Award

This award is reserved for parastatals, SOEs, government departments and municipalities that boast a high level of gender empowerment. This award will look for entrants that go above and beyond in servicing the South African public. Award winners will be able to demonstrate this gender empowerment across all levels of staff, but they will also need to have gender empowerment at the heart of their programmes, policies and dealings with suppliers. 

Your entry should include:

  • Details of programmes and policies promoting gender empowerment
  • Demonstrate gender empowerment among staff, including management
  • Evidence of excellent service delivery
  • Demonstration of gender empowerment values in dealing with suppliers
Top Gender Empowered: Business of the Year Award

This is Standard Bank Top Women’s most prestigious award and will be given to an organisation that has a track record of championing gender empowerment and transformation. Judges will be looking for exceptional practices implemented through HR or transformation divisions and will award the trophy to companies that can show they have innovative processes, policies and procedures that increase the employment of women. The winning company will have proven skills development successes and a strategy to advance women within the business. This award is for companies that are leading the way in gender empowerment, making a tangible difference in their female employees’ lives.

Your entry should include:

  • Demonstration of the company’s gender empowerment programmes
  • Examples of gender empowerment successes and advances
  • Details of the company’s vision for gender empowerment and transformation

Individual Award

These categories will recognise the achievements of individuals for the past 18 months of individual female entrepreneurs, executives, employees as well as men driving gender empowerment.

Top Woman Entrepreneur of 2022 Award Sponsored by Standard Bank

This award celebrates female entrepreneurs who are renowned in their field. The winner of this category should be an inspiration to her fellow entrepreneurs – someone whose career is built on a foundation of excellence, ingenuity, and integrity. The Top Woman Entrepreneur must demonstrate strong leadership skills, an eye for innovation, and must live the spirit of gender empowerment.

Your entry should include:

  • A demonstration of your leadership approach and its impact on your company
  • Evidence showing your achievements and successes over the last 18 months
  • Supporting evidence from your staff as to your leadership abilities
  • Evidence of annual revenue between R5 and R35 million per annum
Public Sector Woman Leader Award

This category highlights inspirational women leaders in the public sector. 

This award is for women who have a track record of excellent performance and service delivery in parastatals, SOEs, government departments and municipalities. The award 

winner is someone who has, through her public profile, raised the visibility of women in government.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of your achievements and successes over the last 18 months
  • Details of your efforts to raise the visibility of women in government
  • Supporting evidence from your staff as to your leadership abilities
Top Gender Empowered: Top Woman in Science Award

 Calling all senior female executives working in science! This award celebrates female leaders who have demonstrated exceptional performance using science or in the scientific fields. The winning entrant will have displayed admirable leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight

Your entry should include:

  • Details of performance using science or in the scientific fields
  • Evidence showing your achievements and successes over the last 18 months
  • Demonstrations of your leadership approach and vision
Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment Award (Topco to nominate)

This award recognises men who support women, striving for gender parity within their companies. The category is open to male leaders and senior executives who have a track record of implementing and advancing gender empowerment initiatives. Candidates will need to demonstrate their vision for the company, executed through gender empowerment policies and programmes, and the impact this has had on the bottom line.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of your achievements and successes over the last 18 months
  • Details of the gender empowerment programmes or policies implemented under your leadership
  • Supporting evidence from your staff as to your leadership abilities
Top Young Achiever of the Year Award Sponsored by Standard Bank

Calling all women executives aged 40 and younger: This award celebrates the outstanding achievement of young women leaders. Candidates must demonstrate their contribution to their company’s performance through innovative strategies and must serve as an inspiration to their colleagues. This award is for young women who show great potential, excellent business acumen and strategic foresight and who are passionate about building their company, creating employment and contributing to the economy.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of your contribution to the company and its impact
  • Supporting evidence from your colleagues as to your leadership abilities
  • Examples of innovative strategies you have spearheaded
  • Details of achievements and successes over the last 18 months
Top Businesswoman of the Year Award

If you’re a female leader who shows astute business acumen, strategic foresight and a passion for gender empowerment, then this award is for you. The award celebrates women who have a track record of exceptional business performance but who also implement innovative policies to empower fellow women. Women entering this category should be inspirational leaders who ensure they use their platform to drive economic and social empowerment for others.

Your entry should include:

  • Evidence of company growth under your leadership
  • Examples of gender empowerment strategies you have spearheaded
  • Supporting evidence from your staff s as to your leadership abilities
Top Empowered: Lifetime Achiever Award Sponsored by Standard Bank

This honorary award will go to an inspirational woman who has dedicated her life to gender empowerment. The recipient must have a reputation for uplifting women through programmes that keep gender parity at their heart, alongside having shown business acumen and strong leadership skills.

Your entry should include:

  • Details of your achievements and successes
  • Demonstration of involvement with gender empowerment programmes
  • Evidence from colleagues and staff, speaking to your dedication to gender parity
Top Gender Empowered: Media Personality of the Year Award

This award recognises a woman with media presence and personality who makes use of her public platform to inspire and uplift women from various social and economic backgrounds. The winner will have a proven record of involvement with programmes that create opportunities for other women, showing they can serve as both an inspiration and force for change.

Your entry should include:

  • Examples of how you’ve used your platform for gender empowerment
  • Evidence of involvement in gender empowerment programmes
  • Demonstration of opportunities created for women through media platforms
Top Gender Empowered: Sportswoman of the Year Award

This award celebrates women who have proven themselves in a sporting code and have used that success to create change. The winner will be a woman who inspires others both on and off the sports field and has an extensive record of promoting gender empowerment.

Your entry should include:

  • Demonstration of opportunities created for women
  • Evidence of your sporting success
  • Examples of how you’ve promoted gender empowerment

Standard bank top women

Top Women 2021 Winners

Leila Fourie

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Charmagne Mavudzi
Volvo SA

SPONSORED BY STANDARD BANK

Unilever

SPONSORED BY SERVEST

The Skills Development Corporation

SPONSORED BY EKURHULENI WEST TVET COLLEGE

Chantelle Martin Strauss

Department of Small Business Development

SPONSORED BY MOTHEO TVET COLLEGE

Priya Thakoor

Vodacom

Mogaleadi Seabela

Anglo American

Vodacom

Institute of Directors in South Africa

Adcock Ingram

Torque Solutions

Turner & Townsend

SPONSORED BY TEG GROUP

Lettie Mashau

Motheo Construction Group

Unilever

National Agricultural Marketing Council

Adcock Ingram

Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions

SPONSORED BY SANBI

Standard Bank Top Women

Testimonials 

I would like to express my deepest appreciation from the bottom of my heart to Standard Bank and Topco Media for the recognition. It was a fabulous event and it is indeed fulfilling to see women thriving. Thank you for making me a part of the event and for awarding me with a lifetime achievement.

– Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South African Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Top Women Ambassador

I can never thank you enough for the award that I won many years ago – Businesswoman of the Year (2013). It motivated me to work harder and, not only that, it was that award which led the World Trade Organisation to notice my name on Google. It has opened many doors. Today I serve as a B20 Germany co-Chair, under jurisdiction of the WTO. I really appreciate the recognition you are giving to women.

– Lynette Magase, CEO, Boniswa Corporate Solutions

My passion, commitment and contribution to the empowerment of women in South Africa led to me being the recipient of the Top Women Executive First Runner up in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards. This award has afforded me a greater platform to enhance my existing initiatives and develop new initiatives. It has also given me an opportunity to have a greater reach into our communities and also contribute to a changed perception of women in my workplace and beyond. I define success as “using your power to change lives for the better, to empower and inspire women to greatness”.

– Shaleenah Marie, Learning & Education Manager, Siemens

Over the last couple of years we have participated in Standard Bank Top Women Awards to get a check of how we compare with similar or like-minded companies. We have been hugely gratified that the thorough and rigorous evaluation process undertaken in the Awards process has found our company worthy of the award. This has given us the confidence in our strategies and plans. We can proudly and unapologetically display our transformation credentials including this award. The result is that we are a respected good corporate citizen because we have objective confirmation from a third party that what we do in the empowerment space has an impact and makes a difference in the economy. The awards ceremony provide a wonderful opportunity to be celebrated as a company that is committed to the realization of an inclusive economy. We are proud to have been recognised among the top companies that do this year-in and year-out.

– Dr Jerry Gule, Former General Manager, Total Sa (Pty) Ltd

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