Top Women celebrates South African organisations, in both the public and private sectors, that prioritise gender empowerment within their business strategies. Our well-established brand drives awareness locally and internationally, about the value and impact of women in leadership.
Backed by nearly 15 years’ of research, the annual Top Women In Business & Government publication is the country’s authoritative source on top gender empowered companies.
The publication includes listed and unlisted companies with a turnover of above R35-million, SMEs with an annual turnover that ranges from R5-R35 million, as well as public sector organisations. Only qualifying companies are profiled in the publication.
Measured against rigorous criteria, organisations achieve scores based on the representation of women in senior positions, gender empowerment policies, ownership and percentage of female staff.
The annual Top Women In Business and Government awards bridges the gap between the public and private sector and, each year, reaches an audience of over 700 key decision makers. In 2014 Standard Bank took up the platinum naming rights to the Top Women Awards; hence the title official title Standard Bank Top Women Awards.
Our awards alumni currently sits at over 240 organisations and individuals who have been recognised and celebrated. The event, now in its 14th year, will once again acknowledge the most sustainable and most successful gender empowerment strategies of organisations, across all sectors, in the August awards ceremony.
The Top Women Awards has been graced by previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients such as Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Sophia Williams-de Bruyn. Speakers have included Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Madame Pumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and Gill Marcus.
After twenty years of democracy the gender agenda is a question of how we can effectively reach the 50/50 gender parity goal, not only in line with the South African Gender Equity Bill but also in pursuit of the global Planet 50/50 By 2030 vision.
These stats underscore the importance of the annual Top Women Conference, in which industry experts unpack the business imperative tools and case studies on how key decision makers can influence policies and strategies effectively to accelerate bridging the gender gap in key decision making roles.
South Africa, while ranking as one of the countries with the highest number of female CEOs in Africa, only has 11.6% women CEOs and Chairpersons across all sectors and, of the 25 largest listed companies, only 2% have 21% or more director positions held by women.