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Culture Pioneer Awards 2022 winners announcement!

Enough delays. Time to reveal the winners of the 2022 Culture Pioneer Awards!

We’ve had to wait quite some time for this announcement – we've not had the best of luck with the rail strikes landing on the previously planned date(s) of our in-person awards. We are not keeping you in suspense a moment longer.

Without further ado, the 2022 winners for the Wellbeing, Inclusion, Learning and Brand categories are revealed below. Congratulations to the winners – we applaud you for your perseverance, courage and artistry in pushing for progressive change.

Congratulations also to our shortlist for your amazing achievements too – the decision was certainly tough for our judges.

Wellbeing category winner


Launched in 2016, Progeny is the only UK firm to cover independent financial planning, asset management, tax, HR and private and corporate legal services. Led by CEO Neil Moles, Progeny places its people at its core, embedding wellbeing into all aspects of the business.

One of the key highlights from Progeny's entry included its week-long wellbeing festival for employees, including therapy dogs, coaching, pensions education and a GP session. 

Welcoming feedback from the wellbeing festival secured an enhanced wellbeing budget for 2022, increasing holiday allowance to 30 days a year for all team members and adding a paid volunteering day.

    Find out more about what Progeny did to win the Wellbeing Award here.

    Learning category winner

    Bright Horizons

    Having entered in 2021 and not quite made the shortlist, Bright Horizons Family Solutions took on board our feedback and created a 2022 entry that wowed our judges.

    Bright Horizons’s talent team created a Calendar of Talent Conversations to bring more structure and regularity to development discussions, as well as a leadership competency framework that was used by 711 leaders (at the time of entering) to help improve their skills.

    Bright Horizon employees now all have access to a dedicated learning portal, plus opportunities to knowledge share through various talent programmes, as well as access to an in-house career coach.

    Read more on Bright Horizons and their winning entry here.

    Inclusion category winner


    UK not-for-profit organisation WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) is an NGO working around the globe to tackle the climate crisis and build a world where we all respect our planet and value our natural resources.

    After partnering with the National Centre for Diversity and adopting their FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity Inclusion and Engagement) principles, WRAP worked to gain the Investors in Diversity accreditation.

    The recruitment processes were refreshed in line with EDI best practice, and WRAP FREDIE Awards were introduced to recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who have demonstrated the FREDIE principles, internally and externally.

    WRAP has achieved Disability Confident ‘committed’ status is working towards achieving level 2 and becoming a Disability Confident Employer.

    Learn more about WRAP and how they won the Inclusion Awards here.

    Brand category winner

    CharlieHR Culture Ops Team

    CharlieHR is on a mission to ‘Make Work Better’ by acting “as a playground” for different policies and processes.

    CharlieHR trialled a ‘nine-day fortnight’ – an adapted version of the four-day work week trend. The business saw improvements in productivity and deep work, and 70% of team leads were happy to continue with it. 

    Other experiments have included unlimited holiday days, sabbaticals for long-standing team members, and the creation of an open-source transparent career progression framework.

    The business has also introduced an enhanced equal parental leave policy, a £30 monthly wellbeing budget and a £550 annual L&D budget – all as part of its quest to Make Work Better.

    Find out more about what Charlie HR did to win the Brand Award here.

    We'll be celebrating and sharing our exciting plans for 2023 at our in-person Culture Pioneers networking event on 28th March in London. Reserve your spot here.

    And don’t forget to sign up to the Culture Pioneers newsletter so you are kept up to date on when entries open for 2023!


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