Empower named a winner of The Escape 100 for the second year in a row!

Sena Gikunoo

By Sena Gikunoo

In Empower Life

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We’re delighted to announce that, for the second year in a row, Empower has been chosen for Escape the City’s The Escape 100, a well-known campaign highlighting the top purpose-led organisations to ‘escape to’ in 2023!

Nominated with 13,000 other companies, Empower has come out in the top 100 – ranking alongside social enterprise giants such as HereWeFlo, Origin Coffee and Too Good to Go, thanks to our positive impact, mission and flexible work environment.

“Winning The Escape 100 means even more a second year running. 2022 felt like a pat on the back for arriving as a people-first employer, 2023 shows we are managing to maintain, retain, evolve, and tackle the challenges that growth and maturation brings, whilst remaining values led. I’m so proud of all of us and impressed to be in such wonderful, hope-filled company – at Empower and across the Escape the City community.”

Jaz Cummins, Co-Founder & Director

What is The Escape 100?

Escape the City is an organisation that, since 2010, has been on a mission to help one million people quit their corporate roles and find work that matters to them and the world.

As Escape the City set out to complete their mission they began to wonder: what actually makes an organisation different, forward-thinking, and impactful?

As consumers continue to seek out purpose-led, human and planet friendly organisations so are job seekers. Due in part to the pandemic, now more than ever employees are seeking careers that are meaningful and fulfilling. From this they began The Escape 100 campaign which is an annual list of top 100 purpose-led organisations to work at.

Dom Jackman, Founder of Escape the City, explained further:

“The job market is still dealing with the impact of the pandemic, and jobseekers will have to work harder than ever to find opportunities that align with their values. This list has been designed to rank organisations on the metrics that really matter. What are they doing to save our planet? How do they look after their people? What problems are they solving? These are all things that jobseekers want to know in 2023, and we hope this list helps talented people discover interesting opportunities and organisations that they might not have found otherwise.”

Nominated organisations are scored against six criteria: Impact, Innovation, People, Mission, Planet, B-Corp, including anonymous employee reviews, and then ranked.

Why Empower came out in the top 100

At Empower our values are very important to us. We strive to be ethical, people-centred and driven in everything we do. As part of this we work largely with purpose-lead non-profits and charities, many of whom are addressing the climate crisis.

We are also proudly a B Corp, recognised for our positive social and environmental impact as well as our employee benefits.

‘I am really proud that we have been named a winner of The Escape 100 for a second year! Our vision, mission and values are at the heart of what we do. To ensure that Empower continues to be a friendly, supportive, inclusive and enjoyable workplace for our absolutely amazing team we have worked really hard to have great employee policies in place, to embed EDI across the organisation and to have our team’s wellbeing at the forefront.

The Escape 100 is a meaningful award giving well-deserved recognition to inspiring purpose-led organisations working hard to make a difference – we’re in great company!

Catherine Raboteur – HR & Operations Manager

On top of this, we make it a point to provide space for our clients and team members to share feedback and we use this to constantly improve on our North Star of 90% team and client satisfaction.

You can read The Escape 100 feedback from our team below, and link to the rest here.

Empower is extremely considerate about the needs of everyone at the agency and beyond, and always willing to learn about all areas of inclusivity which is great as this is an evolving space.

Reena Chadee, Account Director

The Empower team are a bright, experienced bunch who help to make day-to-day experiences enriching. Frequent knowledge-sharing helps us all to learn from one another, and our values-alignment allows us to practice kindness, understanding and transparency.

Hannah West, Account Manager

Empower is a great place to work. They are pushing to create an environment that puts people at the centre of the work that they do. Empower really tries to live its values and support organisations that are really trying to make a difference in the world.


Empower truly values its employees, and gives us the space to learn and progress and do great work. Working here allows for a work/life balance which respects that you have a life outside of work, whilst also allowing you to grow professionally

Hannah Brennan, Account Director

Check out The Escape 100, 2023 list here to see Empower’s ranking and read our employee reviews!