Microlink has been shortlisted in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, in which organisations are judged on their track record of going “above and beyond standard sustainability practice” to achieve “measurable, sustainable change.”
The company was shortlisted in the ‘diversity and inclusion’ category, which recognises “an organisation’s understanding that innovation and success come through including different perspectives and experiences.” Microlink is up against accounting giant PwC, insurance market regulator the Corporation of Lloyds, and Canadian food supplies business Marcatus QED.
In its awards entry, Microlink emphasised how its unique approach encourages businesses to “stop differentiating between disabled and non-disabled: instead, our clients introduce a single, streamlined service that supplies any employee with the tools to overcome any long-term condition.” The entry focused on Microlink’s work at Lloyds Banking Group, demonstrating how wholesale reform of the bank’s disability management practices have improved morale, productivity, inclusiveness and health amongst its 100,000 employees.
Microlink chief executive Dr Nasser Siabi commented that he was “thrilled” that the company is going through to the finals. “In all of our best work, we broaden disability services to cover all those who could benefit, and narrow down the work of providing adjustments so that responsibility falls on a dedicated group of experts,” he said. “This tackles stigmatisation, improves efficiency, boosts workforce health, morale and productivity, and generates great results that help to embed the new approach across the organisation – making it a truly sustainable way for employers to handle disability.”
The awards’ organisers asked for “measurable results” to demonstrate the scheme’s value, and Microlink was able to point to dramatic falls in case costs and long-term sickness absence among the 30,000 Lloyds employees who’ve accessed the company’s services.
There were more than 150 entries for the awards, which will reach their finale at a ceremony in The Crystal in London’s Docklands on 26 May.