Thursday 4 October 2018 10:02 am

Diageo, WPP and Standard Chartered top league table of leading UK brands for gender equality

Reporter at City A.M. covering marketing, media, telecommunications and pensions.

Reporter at City A.M. covering marketing, media, telecommunications and pensions.


Drinks maker Diageo, WPP and Standard Chartered have been named as the top performing UK companies for gender equality.

However, the study admitted that despite progress being made, there was still a "long way to go" before equality was achieved in companies worldwide. 

General Motors in the US was the top performing brand worldwide. Worldwide, Diageo came 11th, while WPP grabbed 17th place. 

The study by Equileap looked at 3,000 companies world wide and gave them a grade using criteria such as leadership, career development, work-life balance, pay and family leave. 

It found that 40 per cent of brands with no gender pay gap were based in the UK – including Ocado, Taylor Wimpey and Royal Mail.

However, overall UK brands made up just 18 per cent of the 200-strong list of top performing brands. On gender pay and equal pay, the UK did not score well with a score of just 19/100. 

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Diana van Massdik, chief exec of Equileap, said: 

We have seen organisations making great strides towards improved gender equality in the past 12 months, but they are still the exception and not the rule.

There is still a long way to go until we reach the goal of true global equality in the workplace for everyone. 

Top 10 best performing UK companies

Brand Global Rank Score Grade
Diageo 11 64 B
WPP 17 62 B
Standard Chartered 26 59 B-
Investec 27 59 B-
Glaxosmithkline 28 59 B-
Whitbread 46 56 B-
31 59 55 B-
Marks & Spencer 74 54 C+
Johnson Matthey 75 54 C+
Pearson 77 54 C+

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