Fabian Demicoli

GRTU awarded Equality Mark from the National Council for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)

GRTU was presented with the Equality Mark certification by Hon Minister Helena Dalli, during the NCPE 11th annual conference. This certificate is testament to GRTU’s commitment towards gender equality, certifying the organization as a true equal opportunities employer.

As a registered employers organization the GRTU felt it necessary to embark 

on this exercise to lead by example and also experience first hand how accessible such certification is, especially to the smaller businesses in our country – micro enterprises. Micro enterprises are businesses employing less than 10 employees and these make up 95% of total enterprises and employ 35% of the Maltese workforce.

Micro enterprises tend to find the acquisition of standards and certification more difficult because they have less human resources to dedicate towards such efforts. This does not however mean that they do not operate on the required principles, quite the contrary, such principles however tend to be applied informally and this would not fit the requirements. Employing just 8 employees GRTU can easily be compared to any micro enterprise in Malta and GRTU’s experience with acquiring the Equality Mark was indeed very positive and accommodating to its working principles and needs.

Employing equal opportunities principles and flexible working arrangements is good for the company and good for the employee. A gender balanced workforce meets more successfully its customers’ needs and expectations due to its reflection of the market. In addition giving employees the needed flexibility encourages worker loyalty and increases retention rates.

Together with the GRTU another 11 companies and organizations were successfully certified with the Equality Mark. Applying and acquiring the Equality Mark carries no fee.

 

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