Interview: The director of IMS Luxembourg is urging local companies and institutions to enter the first Diversity Awards.
Companies and organisations have until 30 March to apply for the inaugural Diversity Awards. Organised by IMS Luxembourg, the awards will be handed out in four categories: recruitment, welcome and integration; career management; work environment and well-being; and communication and organisation values.
“The awards are open to all organisations; signatories of the charter or not, small or big firms, public institutions, private companies, NGOs, etc.,” says Nancy Thomas, the director of IMS Luxembourg, the country’s leading corporate social responsibility network.
Thomas explains that IMS provides support to signatories of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg in their commitment to implement diversity beyond the mere legal obligations. The charter has 116 signatories, representing 12% of the workforce in the Grand Duchy. A further 20 signatories have committed to the next signing session on 24 March. “We have achieved this without any sort of communication,” she says, illustrating the growing awareness of CSR among local companies.
Applicants for the Diversity Awards are required to detail the objective of their diversity practice, its application within the organisation and also show what results have been achieved. A pre-jury of 12 experts--“from all stakeholders”--will make a short list selection of three nominees in each category before the jury itself, headed by minister for equal opportunities Corinne Cahen, chooses the four winners. Short videos featuring each nominee will be screened at the awards, which are the climax of the first Luxembourg Diversity Day on 12 May.
“We want to discover innovative practices and their impact on an organisation. It is an opportunity to find out what companies are doing concretely in terms of diversity.”
Nominees will also benefit from the high profile of the inaugural Diversity Awards, highlighting their profile and enhancing their reputation and credibility. “We see that companies who involve employees in diversity actions also increase staff motivation and strengthen team-building. And it helps attract talent. Studies show that companies that have diversity are better performers.”