Nominees need to demonstrate exceptional and sustained achievement related to pluralism. Nominees can originate from a range of disciplines. An international jury of independent experts will evaluate submissions using the following criteria.
Innovation is contextual; an initiative or approach may be innovative in a given country or society. The Award recognizes innovative approaches to promoting the inclusion. Innovation can happen in four ways:
- Product innovation: a good or service to advance pluralism that is new or significantly improved (e.g.: an online platform or application that enables members of different ethnic groups to communicate openly).
- Process innovation: a new or significantly improved method or practice to advance pluralism (e.g. a new approach to community dialogue that enables groups to better express their concerns).
- Communication innovation: a new or significantly improved communication method involving changes in product design, placement and promotion (e.g. a diversity training that uses graphics and social media in unique ways).
- Institutional innovation: new organizational methods, structures, policies, workplace organization or external relations (e.g.: a new policy to include diverse groups into the workforce).
Measuring impact in the field of pluralism is a complex task. When measuring impact, the Award focuses on the direct results of an individual’s or organization’s activities. Nominees must demonstrate that their achievements:
- Have clearly advanced pluralism.
- Have significantly improved the inclusion of diverse individuals or groups in the economy, society, culture, politics, health services, education sector, etc.
- Have a high likelihood of long-term sustainability.
Nominees must demonstrate, either through their institution’s policies or individual efforts, that they have made an exceptional and sustained commitment to the inclusion of diverse individuals.
- Nominees applying as institutions must have equality and diversity and inclusion reflected in their human resource policies, and in the composition of their staff, membership and activities.
- Nominees applying as individuals must demonstrate that they have defended and supported pluralism principles in their professional and personal lives.
|31 August 2016||Nomination process closes||Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST.|
|Application processing and eligibility screening||The Centre’s Secretariat processes and screens the nominations received.|
|Final selection||An independent international Jury composed of seven experts reviews submissions and selects the three awardees.|
|November 2017||Award Ceremony||The Award is presented to the awardees at the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada.|