Karachi: Pakistan’s lead agency for poverty reduction, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has been awarded the Diversity & Inclusion Outstanding Achievement Award at the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Conference held in Karachi on April 27, 2017.
Diversity Achievement awards were presented to those organizations which have taken the initiative to promote diversity and inclusion not only in their organization, but also in the larger society through their work. A rigorous process of evaluation was adopted by seasoned HR and business leaders to finalise the winners.
Diversity and inclusion has emerged as a worldwide best practice. Diversity refers to the variety of differences and similarities such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, culture, religion, class/caste, language, education, nationality, disability, work style, work experience, job role and function of people who are necessary to propel an organization to success. Inclusion refers to how diversity is leveraged to create a fair, equitable, healthy, and high- performing organization or community, in which all individuals are respected, feel engaged and motivated, and whose contributions toward meeting organizational and societal goals are valued.
Expressing his views on winning the award, PPAF’s General Manager HR said, “PPAF has a rich history of its inclusive HR practices. The basis of equitable development lies in the empowerment of individuals within communities who have no voice and individuals who are marginalized and vulnerable, such as women, the differently abled, minorities and the youth. In order to ensure that diversity does not result in deprivation, it is essential that we track diversity to ensure that our institutions and practices are inclusive.”
He added: “We have also undertaken measures that ensure equity, inclusion and women’s representation within the organization. Gender has now become an established theme across all projects and programmes.”
In 2016 the experts, guided by researchers Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter, produced the tenth anniversary edition of Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards around the World. The GDIB 2016 supports all types and sizes of organizations in the development and implementation of diversity & inclusion (D&I) best practices. It is a comprehensive guide to explain what creating inclusive systems and managing diversity entails. It represents the best thinking and consensus agreement of global experts. GDIB is for use by organizations across all sectors, sizes, types and work regions.