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Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2012: The shortlist

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Public, private and not-for-profit organisations have been shortlisted for a Special Award in this year’s Top Employers for Working Families.

Nationwide finalists from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors have won a place in the Special Awards shortlist for this year's Top Employers for Working Families. The successful entries include details of innovative policies to support working parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development.

The finalists for each Special Award category of Top Employers for Working Families are:

The Lexington Gray Best for Flexible Working Award

American Express

Barclays Bank

Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Forum for the Future

Henmans LLP

Northern Trust

Royal Bank of Scotland

Best for Mothers

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Citi

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

Loop Customer Management

Best for Fathers

Citi

London School of Economics & Political Science

Best for Carers and Eldercare

BT

Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

London School of Economics & Political Science

Wales & West Housing

Best for Engagement Award

Allianz Insurance Plc

Wales & West Housing

Best for Career Progression for Flexible Workers

Henmans LLP

Wales & West Housing

The National Grid Best for Innovation Award

Accenture

Citi

Ministry of Justice

Wales & West Housing

The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards 2012, recognise organisations across the UK who do the most to support work-life balance and career development for working parents, carers and flexible workers. Founded by the work-life charity, Working Families and sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services, Top Employers for Working Families recognises innovation and creative thinking in designing family-friendly and flexible policies. The awards spread the word on best practice and encourage pioneering approaches to improving working lives and building business success. Entrants complete a benchmark survey on their policies and can opt to enter one or more of the Special Awards. For more information, go to: www.topemployersforworkingfamilies.org.uk

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families said: "The 2012 Top Employers for Working Families awards finalists have developed inspiring workplace policies to support their working parents, carers and flexible workers. These progressive employers clearly recognise the links between flexibility, employee engagement, wellbeing and high performance".

Julian Foster, MD of Computershare Voucher Services (CVS) added:"We're delighted to continue to support the Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards. Families are at the heart of what we do at CVS and our congratulations go to the shortlisted companies who put so much emphasis on the needs and wellbeing of their employees. With research recently published showing that childcare costs have risen again in the last year, anything that employers can do to support their employees in returning to work and caring for their families should be applauded and mirrored by others."