The sixth edition of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards has rewarded eleven companies in the UAE for prioritising employee health and wellbeing.
A gala dinner, hosted at W Dubai - The Palm in collaboration with MEED, recognised companies that have taken tangible steps to create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.
Designed to highlight UAE companies that promote corporate wellness, the awards emphasise the importance of workplace health.
In its sixth edition, the awards received a record number of 105 applications from companies with corporate wellness programmes. Finalists were selected based on the quality and efficacy of their initiatives, including their implementation of employee fitness programmes, promoting extracurricular employee activities, and encouraging support within local and regional communities.
The finalists submitted entries for 15 separate categories, including the Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Visionary, the Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Champion, and the prestigious Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019.
Hamad al-Mehyas, deputy CEO of Daman, commented: “I extend my congratulations to the participants, finalists and winners of the sixth Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards. The high level of participation this year is indicative of increasing corporate commitment to the wellbeing of employees. For employees working in the UAE, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is an essential aspect of enhancing their future health.
“Employees spend a third of their day at work, consequentially impacting their overall health. Our objectives behind these awards are to showcase how this impact can be positive and long-term across all workplaces. Healthier employees are more productive, which ultimately results in better performing businesses; collectively these businesses have the potential to boost the overall economy. We are confident that corporate health initiatives are a catalyst for a seamless win-win-win scenario for the individual, organisation and the economy,” said Al-Mehyas.
There were a number of outstanding winners including The Executive Council of Dubai, which earned The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 for the Public Sector; Standard Chartered Bank, UAE, which won the award for Benefits Strategy; and Landmark Group, which won the award for Innovation.
Sonia Kerrigan, MEED group commercial director, added: "These awards are a showcase of UAE best practice. Setting the bar high, our winners are contributing to the ongoing development of the UAE's human capital, helping to attract talent and stand out in a competitive global marketplace. We are honoured to have worked with founding partners Daman for these awards for six consecutive years. We will continue to promote wellness programmes which boost employees' social connections and their ability to work as a team."
Other shortlisted finalists included Mashreq, Philips, Canon, Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Group, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, Dubai Holding, Masdar and Roche.
The complete list of winners includes:
- The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 – Public Sector – The Executive Council of Dubai
The Executive Council is the primary decision-making government entity in Dubai, maintaining the city's security and order, providing public utilities and achieving economic and social progress in the city.
- The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 – Private Sector – Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation. The company makes it possible for IoT-enabled solutions to seamlessly collect, analyse and act on data.
- The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Champion 2019 – Robin Tauzin from AlMansoori Specialised Engineering
Established in 1977, AlMansoori Specialised Engineering is a leading provider of oil field services in the Middle East.
- The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Visionary 2019 – James Lafferty from Fine Hygienic Holding
Fine Hygienic Holding provides consumers with high-quality hygienic products and solutions. It is the first and largest hygienic tissue and diaper producer in the Mena region.
- Saudi German Hospital Dubai Award for Best Workplace – Landmark Group
The Landmark Group was founded in Bahrain in 1973, and has grown into one of the largest retail and hospitality conglomerates in the Middle East, Africa and India.
- Fitbit Award for Physical Activity – Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai hosts 12 dining options, Qua Spa and The Rotunda entertainment venue.
- Life Pharmacy Award for Community Impact – Landmark Group
- Award for Benefits Strategy – Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group, with more than 80,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets.
Now Health International is an international private medical insurance provider with its company headquarters in Hong Kong.
- Award for Most Improved – Alpin
Alpin is the region’s leading and most trusted name in specialist technical advisory services.
- Award for Newcomer – Sucden Middle East
Sucden is an independent market leader in soft commodities, trades on all the main markets and operates throughout the value chain.
- Award for Social Wellbeing in the Workplace – Schneider Electric
- Award for Total Strategy – The Executive Council of Dubai
- Award for Work-Life Balance – In2 Consulting
In2 Consulting is a PR and communications expert in the unique multilingual, multicultural environment of the Middle East.
HealthHub Al-Futtaim and Saudi German Hospitals Group are the official healthcare partners of the awards, Fitbit is the official health and fitness partner, LIFE Pharmacy is the official pharmacy partner, Optum has joined as the official health management partner, and Technogym is the strategic gym partner.
For more information, please visit www.corporatehealthandwellness.meed.com
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