London-based chartered architects, Ecologic, is in the running to lift a prestigious national award which recognises innovation and creative thinking in work-life balance.
Ecologic has been short listed by the Parents at Work charity's judging panel for the 'Driving Diversity Award' supported by Ford Motor Company Limited. With only three employees, Ecologic has shown clear business benefits from flexible working and policies to support women, disabled and minority architects.
The organisation has won awards for training, for encouraging women into business and is constantly looking for ways to improve its performance.
"Judging is now underway and the winner will be announced on 26 November," said Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Parents at Work, a charity that provides information and support to working parents. "It is inspiring to see such a wide range of organisations taking work-life balance seriously and demonstrating the business benefits it can bring."
Representatives from both Ford and Parents at Work make up the five-strong judging panel. The winner will receive a silver salver from Ford at an awards gala ceremony later this year.
Surinder Sharma, Ford's director of diversity, said: "Ford has a long track record of positive diversity actions and therefore it is only natural that we are pleased to support this great initiative."Published 4 October 2003