The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has been nominated as a finalist in the annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2018. The business school has been selected in the Top Gender Empowered companies in the Public Services sector.
Celebrating their 15-year anniversary in gathering South Africa's most accomplished businesswomen and organisations accelerating gender transformation in the workplace, the Standard Bank Top Women Awards are cemented as one of South Africa's leading and preeminent initiatives to honour the achievements and advocate the advancement of gender empowerment. Charting the next success stories of South Africa's businesses and entrepreneurs, the awards elevate the power and impact of accelerating gender parity by honouring the nation's finest achievers.
The Gender Empowered Companies in the Public Services Sector Award, in which GIBS has been nominated, is reserved for companies operating in the public sector such as universities, government departments and municipalities that clearly and effectively demonstrate the highest level of gender empowerment, from staff to suppliers, through their programmes and policies.The nomination amplifies the Business School's continued efforts in advancing gender empowerment.
In 2017, the UK Financial Times MBA Ranking also recognised GIBS in its continued efforts to bridge the gender gap for having 38% female faculty, 42% female students on the MBA programme and 50% female board members placing the school 11th, 7th and 5th in the world respectively when compared to other business schools.
Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn said, "To be selected as a finalist is an incredible honour for GIBS. This nomination has been a gratifying recognition of the work we do in our continued efforts to ensure significant progress in the gender empowerment."
To pick the top performers, Topco Media's research unit and editorial board undergo a rigorous process of identifying the nation's key organisations which embody gender empowerment at the core of their business practices. Over 700 companies and organisations are surveyed in the private and public sectors, based on the percentage of female ownership, women in senior management positions, number of female directors, overall number of female employees, the nature and scope of policies and programmes geared towards empowering women, as well as turnover growth of the company.