UMC Utrecht wins tile on ‘Business walk of fame’
03 December 2014
The winners of the Business Walk of Fame were announced on 3 December, World Disability Day. The Business Walk of Fame, a new initiative by the Lucille Werner Foundation, is a promenade of tiles set with stars for companies that help promote an accessible labor market.
Disabled employees from the whole of the Netherlands had until 3 October to nominate the companies they successfully work for for the Business Walk of Fame. The UMC Utrecht was put forward by post doc and university lecturer Chantal Boonacker. "The excellent accessibility and a willingness to listen to staff have resulted in the creation of an optimum work situation," she wrote on her application form.
The tiles, designed by Henk Schiffmacher, were unveiled at the Zuidas in Amsterdam. Lucille Werner, Mayor Eberhart van der Laan and Klaas Boer (Director of the Zuidas) announced the winners on Wednesday morning.
UMC Utrecht won the award in the ‘Creativity' category. According to the jury, "The fact that Chantal is in a wheelchair and has a professional sports career is not a problem at all as far as UMC Utrecht is concerned. What Chantal needed to be able to develop in her work and sports career was provided quickly and accurately. Above all, the jury commended the genuine interest and attention demonstrated. Adapting the post for a person with a disability, who is a top sportswoman and needed workplace modifications, meant that the creativity of her manager and employees' association were put to the test. Everyone worked to ensure that it was a success. A great example of genuine inclusiveness."
Alongside the creativity prize, a further three tiles were laid. These tiles represent the winners in the categories "Most accessible employer, large firm" (Leaseplan Nederland), “Most accessible SME employer” ( Imotions BV) and the “Encouragement award” (Ziggo).