TAQDEER AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR THIRD CYCLE OPENS
Programme recognise distinguish companies and workers
Specialised team to evaluate the applications
Over one million workers covered by the award programme
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed: Taqdeer is a qualitative initiative to recognise distinguished workers and companies
Dubai, May XX, 2018: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has asserted that Taqdeer Award has been successful in bringing about a qualitative addition to the UAE’s efforts in building a distinguished environment between the employers and workers to protect the interest of both parties and benefit the national economy.
Taqdeer Award was launched two years ago to recognise and appreciate the welfare of workers and distinguished companies, but it became a huge success as it attracted the attention of local and global stakeholders. The Award is an initiative in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of a better world and making Dubai the best city in the world to work and live.
The Patron of Taqdeer Award praised the efforts of the Award team and called for creative and diligent work to continue the pioneering process which contributed towards the UAE and Dubai launching creative initiatives on other levels, thereby getting the focus and attention of the world.
He directed all organisations and companies to provide full support to and participation in the activities of the Award in its 3rd cycle in order to establish new concepts in building bridges of cooperation and best relations between the both sides of the production equation – employers and workers.
His remarks came at the launch of the third cycle of Taqdeer Award amid expectations of increasing participation after expanding its scope to include factories, Dubai free zones and construction companies’ workers, thus raising the number of workers covered by the award to more than one million.
New Addition to Excellence and Creativity
Taqdeer Award is a new addition to the system of excellence and innovation recognition launched by the Dubai government to establish new concepts of life and work, stimulate creativity and innovation across work facilities and economic sectors in the Emirate and promote the happiness of all segments of people without discrimination and raising workers’ satisfaction levels. The Award extends support towards realising Dubai’s vision of becoming the world’s preferred city for living and working.
A Pioneering Model
Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA-Dubai) and Chairman of Taqdeer Award, expressed gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his patronage and support for the award which has been instrumental in providing the team to realise its vision. He expects higher participation from targeted companies employing over 100 workers for the third edition of the annual award programme.
Extending Award’s Scope
In its 1st cycle, the award focused on construction companies and included over 280 companies employing more than half a million workers. The award, in its second cycle, had been extended to include factories and free zone companies operating in Dubai – an opportunity for about 10,000 factories and 36,000 companies specialising in virtually all sectors. This, in effect, raised the number of companies and organisations targeted by the Award to about 46,000 and over one million workers.
The 2nd cycle of Taqdeer Award, presented last year, had been highly praised by international organisations concerned with workers’ affairs, diplomatic circles and the international media. They expressed their interest in reviewing its objectives and standards to see its replication in their countries, thereby further strengthening UAE’s reputation regionally and internationally in the workers’ welfare domain.
Like the previous years, a team of certified experts will evaluate the applications and select the best companies and factories that provide the best working and living conditions for their employees according to the Award criteria based on the best international practices, in addition to the selection of outstanding workers, engineers and supervisors of participating companies and factories.
Invitation to Participate
Major General Obaid called on contracting companies, factories and companies working in the free zones of Dubai to widely participate in the Award, as this will positively impact their reputation locally and internationally, notwithstanding they will receive at the end of each cycle performance evaluation reports that enable them accumulate strengths and take necessary steps to improve on the weaknesses mentioned in the reports. The award provides an opportunity for companies and factories to better prepare themselves for the future and build solid foundations for the sustainability of their success.
The Award and the approval of its results are supervised by a judging committee comprising a number of leaders working in the government sector in Dubai, in addition to a team of specialised assessors split into various task forces, each consisting of three residents as well as a team leader. These report to the judging committee for its final decision and approval.
Five Star Rating
The Award programme is based on an accurate assessment method, which is based on a scale of 1,000 points: 500 points for ‘elements of empowerment’ of workers, 250 points for labour outcomes and the impressions of workers about the work environment and their relationship with it, and 250 points for performance indicators. Empowerment elements provided by each company with respect to the Award comprise two main tracks: the first deals with the essential elements in support of workers (250 points), including labour policies, facilities and infrastructure, health and occupational safety, and employment and fees, while the second deals with work culture and environment (250 points), including justice and transparency, creativity and innovation, rules and regulations, labour relations, communication and feedback.
On a scale of 1,000 points, a company is required to score 700 or more points to get a 5 star rating, 550 or more to get a 4 star rating, 450 or more to get a 3 star rating, 300 or more to get a 2 star rating. Companies scoring less than 300 points get a 1 star rating. Based on evaluation results and at the end of the Award cycle, winners of 5 and 4-star ratings receive certificates of appreciation, and ensure being granted priority in government projects.