BDF announce 2016 Disability-smart Awards winners

The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards were announced 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.

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


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