Successful Multicultural Company campaign

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce’s project Chamber of Multicultural Enterprises COME, Finland Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment organise Successful Multicultural Company campaign in 2017.

The Successful Multicultural Company campaign is to recognize organizations that have succeeded in multiculturalism and who have embraced the diverse workforce. Through recognizing and bringing up positive experiences the Successful Multicultural Company advocates for multicultural working communities and employers. The aim is also to recognize the benefits of multiculturalism and diverse workforce and encourage employers and companies to expand their multicultural management skills.

As a part of the campaign a competition in search for successful multicultural companies will be organised.

The purpose of the competition is to recognise and bring up positive testimonials and experiences companies have on multiculturalism. The competition is executed through survey, conducted by campaign’s expert partner itim International. The survey measures companies’ organisational cultures and multicultural capabilities.

Registration to the competition is open from January 20th until May 31st, 2017. The results will be announced in a Gala, organised in Helsinki on October 5, 2017.

The Successful Multicultural Company jury will make the final selection for the awarded companies. In addition to itim’s analysis results jury will take into consideration companies’ financial situation and prospects when selecting the awarded companies. Companies participating to the competition will be divided into three categories based on their size.

Chair of the jury is HR Director Kirsi Mettälä (Skanska Oy), and the other members are Permanent Secretary Jari Gustafsson (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment), CEO Risto E.J. Penttilä (Finland Chamber of Commerce), CEO Minna Vanhala-Harmanen (Opteam Oy) and HR Director Antero Levänen (HOK-Elanto). Managing Director Egbert Schram from itim International is jury’s expert representative.

Why should companies participate?
By participating to the Successful Multicultural Company organizations will

• gain valuable information on their organizational culture and on how the personnel see the multiculturalism inside the organization.
• be better able to identify the strengths and potential weaknesses in organization’s working culture and attitudes towards multiculturalism.
• receive feedback and overview on their scores
• be invited to a Gala where the highest ranked organizations will be awarded

The analysis from the survey can be used as a tool to enhance and strengthen company branding, to recognise organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, and to include personnel in development processes.

Who can participate?
The competition is open and free of charge to all companies operating in Finland regardless of industry or size.
The participants of Successful Multicultural Company are divided into different categories based on organization’s size.

The categories are
1. Small organizations with less than 50 employees
2. Medium size organizations with 50-250 employees
3. Big organizations with over 250 employees

Read more and register at COME's site here.

Thematic blog entry here.

Campaign video (in Finnish).

More in Kauppalehti (in Finnish).