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Most Improved charter signatory

The Most Improved Charter Signatory is to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our signatories in improving gender balance. Open to Charter signatories only, the Award recognises and celebrates your achievements in improving gender balance. We know that many companies are on a journey to reaching their ambitions, and may feel that they have little to show as yet, but if we don’t shout about what we’re all doing, arguably we are missing an opportunity to really move the dial on gender.

Supported by Strategic Command we're proud to announce our second Most Improved Charter Signatory award category.

Last year’s Finalists were BAE Systems, Fujitsu and Babcock International Group, with Babcock just pipping Fujitsu and BAE Systems to the post in a very close field! If you would like to nominate this year, please follow the guidance below and submit your entries before Friday 21st September.

How to nominate

Step 1

Provide the contact details of the company you are nominating, and your own contact details.

Step 2

Tell us why you think your company deserves to be nominated (the citation part of the nomination form).

Step 3

Confirm that you have permission to nominate your company.

What we're looking for in citations

Our top three tips are below but you can read the full criteria on this PDF download.

  • - Your progress against your Women in Defence Charter commitments​
  • - Your company’s gender balance status for the review period (1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023)​ and how that has changed since last year. The data requested matches that in the annual data report request. 
  • - The action you have taken to improve your gender balance and how you are measuring your progress.

Nominations now open

Nomination form

What to expect. And when.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team via email.

A look back at 2022

Ruth Cairnie, Industry Patron, talks about the Most Improved Charter Signatory - Women in Defence UK Awards 2022

The Signatories

  • AACE
  • Accenture
  • ADS
  • Airbus
  • Allan Webb Ltd
  • Aquila
  • Arcadis
  • Armed forces covenant
  • Atkins
  • Atlas elektronic UK
  • AWE
  • Babcock
  • BAE Systems
  • BMT
  • Boeing UK
  • Boyden
  • British Army
  • Capgemini
  • Cervus Defence Ltd
  • Civil Service (not agencies)
  • Cohort PLC
  • Costain
  • Cranfield University
  • D Group
  • Dassult
  • DE&S
  • DSTL
  • Envitia
  • Eviden
  • Ferranti Tech
  • Forces Employment Charity
  • Fujitsu
  • General Dynamics
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Harquebus
  • Improbable
  • Jacobs
  • JJ Churchill
  • KBR
  • L3 Harris
  • Leidos
  • Leonardo
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • Manpower Group
  • Marshall Aerospace and Defence
  • Matchtech
  • Mott MacDonald
  • MRL Public Sector Consultants
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Occam Group
  • Oxley Group
  • PA Consulting
  • Pearson Engineering
  • Ploughshare Innovations Ltd
  • Prospect
  • QA
  • QinetiQ
  • Raytheon UK
  • RDUK Rheinmetall UK
  • Renaissance Strategic Advisors
  • Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land
  • RMMV UK Rheinmetall MAN Military Vechiles UK
  • Rowden Tech
  • Royal AirForce
  • Royal Navy
  • Rolls Royce
  • Safran
  • Scientific Management International Ltd
  • Serco
  • Sharing Growth
  • Space Command
  • Strategic Command
  • Thales UK
  • TMD Technologies
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Ultra
  • UK Airtanker
  • Vivo
  • Vysiion
  • Walker Precision Engineering
  • Whitetree