The winners of the Esop Centre’s 2016 employee share ownership awards were announced last night (November 22) at a black-tie reception and dinner at the Reform Club in London’s Pall Mall.
The flagship best international all-employee share plan award went to Finnish-based telecoms company Nokia.
The Esop Centre is a non-profit membership organisation which promotes all-employee share ownership in the UK, Europe and further afield.
The award submissions were judged by share plan experts Damian Carnell of Willis Towers Watson and Anna Watch of BT.
The judges praised the genuinely all-employee nature of Nokia’s share plan, which operates in 46 countries and boasts a high participation rate.
Share plan administrators Computershare won the award for best all-employee share plan in a large company, and Cheshire-based telecoms provider Chess Ltd won the smaller companies award.
Best all-employee share plan communications went to the multinational insurance company Aviva and Henderson Global Investors received the award for best financial education.
Centre chairman Malcolm Hurlston CBE told the audience of leading share plan professionals:
Share plans play a role in the success of companies large and small, transcending boundaries of nation and class. We need more of them for world well being.
Award winners in full
Best all-employee share plan in a company with more than 1,500 employees
Highly commended: Just Eat
Best all-employee share plan in a company with fewer than 1,500 employees
Winner: Chess Ltd
Best international all-employee share plan
Very highly commended: Rio Tinto
Best all-employee share plan communications
Best financial education of employees