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Taqdeer Award begins evaluation of participating companies

Onsite visits to assess companies’ best practices to start by month-end

Staff Report
14:32 September 12, 2017
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Dubai: The Taqdeer Award management announced that it has kick-started the assessment process for this edition’s participating companies in Dubai.

The companies, which come from across the construction sector, free zones and factories in its second edition, will be evaluated by more than 90 highly qualified and experienced Lead Assessors from various sectors, the award management said.

Taqdeer Award, launched by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, is the world’s first-of-its kind points based reward system for recognising excellence in labour welfare practices and promoting international best practices in labour welfare.

The assessors attended the meeting to mark the beginning of the smart assessment process.

Maj Gen Obaid Muhair Bin Surour

“Within a year of its launch Taqdeer Award has witnessed many achievements,” said Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Chairman of Taqdeer Award, who is also the Deputy Director General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.

“It is the first time in the UAE that the entire evaluation process will be conducted online. Also, the interest in the second edition is much higher than last year. We are expecting more than 200 participants and the award is motivating companies throughout the UAE to set international benchmarks in labour practices,” he said.

In its second edition, the award includes companies in construction sector, factories and free zones in Dubai, raising the number of workers targeted by the award to 1 million.

The points based reward system will evaluate companies based on essential fundamentals such as labour policies, occupational health; cultural and work environment factors such as communication, creativity and innovation, rules and regulations; as well as results based on labour perceptions and performance indicators.

Companies which get four and five-star rating will be given priority during awarding of government projects.

The assessors will conduct ‘Desktop Evaluation’, which is an assessment of the details provided by the companies. It will be followed by ‘Onsite Evaluation’ by the end of September wherein the assessors will visit the companies to verify the actual implementation of the measures being adopted as mentioned in the applications. During the onsite evaluation, the assessors will check the facilities being provided to workers such as accommodation, safety measures on site and documents.

“In line with the vision of our leadership, Taqdeer Award has a smart assessment process, which ensures speed and accuracy as well as convenience for both companies and the assessment teams,” said Kasim Kanakri, Technical Consultant for the Award.