Frequently Asked Questions – Best Workplaces for Women

KEY DATES

Nomination Fee: $999 (November 1 – January 20, 2024)

March, 2024 – Winners will be announced on Fast Company Middle East’s website – fastcompanyme.com

What is the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ award?

Fast Company Middle East’s Best Workplaces for Women is an annual list recognizing organizations, leaders, and teams empowering, supporting, and encouraging women in the workplace. By working on innovative solutions to combat challenges women face in particular industries, combating bias or pay gap. 

The list would honor a cross-section of organizations, from the largest companies in the region to small startups with just a few employees. 

Every 2023 Best Workplaces for Women submission will be individually evaluated by a team of Fast Company Middle East’s editors and reporters.

How Do I Apply?

Start your application here.

Who Can Apply?

Nominations for Fast Company Middle East’s Best Workplaces for Women are open for all organizations based in the region. With diversity and equity more critical than ever, we look forward to recognizing the organizations empowering women in their workplace.

This opportunity is open to companies headquartered in the Middle East. We request that entries be submitted in English.

Why Apply?

Brand Exposure – Fast Company Middle East’s editorial staff will see and evaluate every company that applies. The list will be featured on fastcompanyme.com

Recognition – As part of this community, there is year-round recognition of your organization’s achievements. Executives will be considered for speaking opportunities at Fast Company Middle East events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only parties and networking. There could be opportunities to host Fast Company Middle East’s influencers in your innovative space.

Credibility – Companies chosen for the Best Workplaces for Women list will appear on fastcompanyme.com.

Attract & Keep Talent – Public recognition of the team that makes your organization ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ will help your company recruit and retain top talent.

Competitive Advantage & Fundraising – Public recognition of being named the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ company can boost product sales, marketing, and fundraising and M&A efforts.

How Do I Write a Successful Nomination?

Get the attention of the editors and writers who’ll decide the 2023 honorees by following these tips:

Highlight 2023’s women-focused innovations: Begin by showcasing your company’s achievements in 2023 that improved support for women in the workplace. Your application should emphasize how it has built upon previous efforts to create a better workplace for women.

Focus on a project: Tell us about the specifics of a distinct project within your organization that directly supports and empowers women in the workplace. Don’t just claim innovation; pinpoint what sets this initiative apart and clarify how and why it represents a significant departure from prior practices.

Be specific: Use details to build a strong case for innovation in the context of women in the workplace. Highlight the company’s initiatives developed and elaborate on the features that have garnered enthusiastic feedback from female employees.

Put your dent in the universe: Describe how your innovations leave a lasting impression on your industry and society, particularly in the context of women in the workplace. Explain how they are sparking meaningful public conversations. The more you can substantiate your leadership in driving substantial change, supported by data, the stronger your application will be.

Give us a sneak preview: If you have new products or announcements on the horizon, especially those related to women in the workplace, share this information. We can then follow up to explore these developments further when the time is right.

Less is more: Highlight your most impactful innovations that reflect your approach to empowering women in the workplace. Prioritize quality over quantity, focusing on your most significant achievements.

What Happens After I Apply?

The editors of Fast Company Middle East select winners. Entries will remain confidential and will not be shared with third parties. Category selection is for general guidance. Our editors may choose a different category if the entry wins. Categories are subject to change per editorial discretion.

What Are The ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ Category Definitions?

Click here to view all ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ Categories and their corresponding definitions.

Refund Policy: If you need to cancel your application, reply to your confirmation email or email us at marketing@fastcompanyme.com. All sales are final. Refunds are unavailable, but you can receive an application credit if canceled before the final deadline. 

Have any questions or concerns?  Email the Best Workplaces for Women Team at marketing@fastcompanyme.com

Click the link to apply to 2023 Best Workplaces for Women

Rules

ELIGIBILITY: Open only for organizations based in the Middle East region. Apply under 13 categories and demonstrate how your innovations, particularly those supporting women, have impacted business, industry, and culture over the past year. Only companies based or having a presence in the Middle East region can apply.

Employees or agents of Vibe Projects, LLC (“VP”) (the “Publisher”) and the Publisher’s parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising/promotional agencies, and the members of their immediate families and households are not eligible.

Entrants must have a valid email address to enter.

The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is not available to those residing in jurisdictions where such competitions are prohibited.

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIAL

Entries that contain pornographic material, propagate “hate” messages, make defamatory statements, or are otherwise extraordinarily offensive are not eligible.

OFFICIAL RULES

Entry into the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ (the “Competition”) by or on behalf of a company  (“Company”) constitutes the Company’s full and unconditional agreement to accept and be bound by the following Official Rules:

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

  1. By submitting the Entry Form, the company represents and warrants that the person identified as Primary Contact has the authority to submit the Entry and that all information submitted supports the Entry.
  2. Company acknowledges that by submitting the Entry, it grants VP the right to exhibit, publish, and promote in any and all media all information submitted by the company in connection with the entry.
  3. The company acknowledges that the information provided in the Entry is subject to Fast Company Middle East’s privacy policy at https://www.fastcompanyme.com/privacy-policy. Further, the Company consents to having all such information shared with, and to receive information directly from, VP sponsors and authorized partners.

DISQUALIFICATION

Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any phase of the Competition without notification. In such an event, the entry would not be refunded. 

REVIEW OF ENTRIES

The company will receive an email acknowledgment when an Entry and accompanying Entry Fee have been received.

Timely submission of an Entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the Entry Fee as stated herein ensures that the Entry will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by the Publisher concerning Entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If an Entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award are strictly within the discretion of the Publisher. The company acknowledges that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner, and some might be presented in a ceremony and others might not.

ENTRY FEES

Nomination Fee: $999 (November 1 – January 20, 2024)

DETAILED ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Entrants must complete and submit the Official Entry Form on this page before 11:59:59 PM (GST) on Saturday, January 20, 2024 (“Entry Period”). An Entry is considered processed after a completed Entry Form is received by the Competition and payment for the Entry Fee is received. The publisher reserves the right to recategorize Entries and to create new Categories if appropriate.

Entries delivered in person, by mail, fax, or other means will not be accepted.

CONTACT

For questions or comments related to the Fast Company Best Workplaces for Women Call for Entries, or to notify the Publisher of any change in the email address for the Company Contact(s) identified in the Entry Form, please contact marketing@fastcompanyme.com.

The Publisher is not responsible for malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer hardware, software, malfunctions of the Entrant’s email provider, lost, late, incomplete entries, or entries not received in time for the judging. Entries not containing the required information and entries submitted or received after the Entry Period will be disqualified. Any attempted form of entry other than that described herein is void.

The Publisher is not responsible for problems downloading or accessing the Entry Form from the website or for other technical issues related to website entries. The Publisher reserves the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition if it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired and award prizes from among all eligible entries received before cancellation or termination.

In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person whose name the email account is registered. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service will apply.

JUDGING/SELECTION OF HONOREES: Fast Company Middle East editors will select Honorees from all eligible entries. Applications will be assessed based on their relevance, innovation, and current and potential impact on both culture and business, particularly in the context of women’s empowerment in the workplace.

The winners will be announced on Fast Company Middle East’s Website – fastcompanyme.com.

GENERAL: Neither the Publisher nor its parent, subsidiary, or affiliate companies, nor their respective promotional agencies shall have any obligation or responsibility with regard to (i) entries that contain inaccurate information or that do not comply with these instructions; (ii) entries or notifications that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged, or otherwise not received by the intended recipient, in whole or in part, due to computer or technical error of any kind; (iii) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; or (iv) any damages or losses of any kind caused by any award or resulting from the acceptance of any award. The Publisher, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or otherwise disregarding these instructions. Publisher further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Competition if it cannot be completed as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical failures. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void.

RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES: Selection and recognition to the list are at the sole discretion of the Fast Company Middle East team, and by submitting the entry, entrants agree to abide by any and all decisions.  In the event of any dispute or claim arising out of or connected with the Entry or the Competition, the parties shall make a good faith effort to resolve that dispute or claim, with or without the assistance of a mediator.

These Official Rules supersede any prior oral or written agreements relating to rules or procedures for the Competition. These Official Rules may be changed at any time, but only by the Publisher and only by posting new rules at https://event.fastcompanyme.com/apply/best-workplaces-for-women-2023/

Have any questions or concerns?  Email the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ Team at marketing@fastcompanyme.com

Click the following to apply to 2023 Best Workplaces for Women

How Do I Pay Now and Edit Later?

The final deadline to submit your application: Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. GST

The final deadline to make edits to your application: Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. GST

Below is also information on how to continue working on your ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ application even before the final deadline on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. GST.

  1. Log in to your application and input placeholder copy (e.g., “XX”) in each question.
  2. On the last page of the application, you’ll see a checkbox labeled “finalize entry.” Make sure not to check that box.
  3. Then submit payment as normal and you’ll be able to log back in to keep working on your application as often as you’d like until the final extended deadline of Saturday, January 20, 2024.

Once you have paid for your application, please follow the below steps to make any edits:

  1. The application you previously paid for can be found in the “complete” section of your profile on the left side of the screen or by logging into your completed application here.
  2. Under “Action” click “Edit” and make as many changes as you would like until the final extended deadline on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. GST. Please remember to click save upon making any adjustments.

Refund Policy: If you need to cancel your application, get in touch with us by replying to your confirmation email or emailing us at marketing@fastcompanyme.com. All sales are final. Refunds are unavailable, but you can receive an application credit if canceled before the final deadline. 

Have any questions or concerns?  Email the Best Workplaces for Women Team at marketing@fastcompanyme.com

Why Should My Company Apply?

Companies chosen will feature in the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ list published in fastcompanyme.com (1.8 million unique monthly visitors), receive a verified company bio page on fastcompanyme.com, and an automatic entry into Fast Company Middle East’s influencer community.

Brand Exposure – Fast Company Middle East’s editorial staff will see and evaluate every company that applies. All of the industry’s top 3 lists will be featured in the magazine and on fastcompanyme.com (1.8 million unique monthly visitors)

Recognition – As part of this community, there is year-round recognition of your organization’s achievements. Executives will be considered for speaking opportunities at Fast Company events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only parties and networking. There could be opportunities to host Fast Company Middle East’s influencers in your innovative space.

CredibilityGain the Fast Company Middle East stamp of approval for your technology, products, or services, particularly those that positively impact women and empower them in the workplace.

Attract & Keep Talent – Being recognized as the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ helps you attract and retain top talent, showcasing your dedication to women’s workplace empowerment.

Competitive Advantage & Fundraising – Public recognition of being named ‘Best Workplaces for Women’  can boost product sales, marketing, and fundraising and M&A efforts.


 Have any questions or concerns?  Email Middle East’s ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ Team at marketing@fastcompanyme.com