The Allbright prize is presented annually to the Swedish listed company that has made the best progress in the area of gender equality during the past year. BioArctic was one out of three finalists of this year’s Allbright Prize. The prize was presented on November 22 at a dinner with the jury and the finalists in Stockholm, Sweden. BioArctic is sharing the second place with the IT consultant Knowit and this year’s winner is the private care company Humana.
BioArctic was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Mid Cap in October 2017 and this is the first time the company has been in the running for the prize. All companies on Allbright’s green list, a total of 47 companies, were initially nominated. The award process then consisted of surveys and interviews. The CEO and employees were given the opportunity to speak their minds.
The jury comments:
”For the first time in the history of the prize, the second place is shared. BioArctic is prized primarily for a workplace culture that gives men and women the same career opportunities, according to the employees themselves.”
This year’s jury consisted of Michaëla Berglund, CEO and chairman of the board of Stiftelsen Allbright, Sven Hagströmer, board member of Stiftelsen Allbright and chairman of the board of Avanza, Bengt Johansson, CEO of Forsen, Milad Mohammadi, founder of the school Järvaskolan as well as a praised lecturer, Anna Ryott, chairman of the board of Summa Equity and vice president of Norrsken Foundation and Nina Åkestam, analyst Google and currently in the news with her book “Feministfällan”.
CEO Gunilla Osswald comments:
“I am very pleased that BioArctic made it all the way to the final. This means that our work with gender equality and diversity has been recognized. BioArctic’s common starting point is that all employees have equal value and should be given equal opportunities, regardless of background and individual differences, and that the interaction between these differences leverages the power of development and change and constitute an asset for the organization.
“A non-discriminatory workplace is a prerequisite for utilizing the knowledge and competences of all employees, and for successfully developing new innovative treatments for serious diseases with high unmet medical needs like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and complete spinal cord injuries.
“We are continuously working with our core values, built on five cornerstones: Science driven, Respect, Commitment, Teamwork and Responsibility. Our core values were developed together with all employees and constitute and important part of our operations in our quest to develop new treatments that can improve the patients’ quality of life.”
About Stiftelsen Allbright
Allbright is a politically independent, non-profit foundation that promotes equality and diversity on the executive business level in Sweden. Allbright works actively to influence decision-makers in the business sector to work consciously and purposefully to increase the proportion of women in senior positions. Allbright continually identifies the gender balance of business management teams and boards of directors to highlight the issue of representation. Allbright aims to shift the debate from discussing problems to delivering solutions. www.allbright.se