CRAG is committed to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. CRAG signed the Declaration of Commitment to the Charter & Code in 2012. On the 29th of March of 2015, CRAG received the 'HR Excellence in Research' award from the European Commission. This recognition, related with European "HR Strategy for Researchers", provides a common framework to establish a comprehensive and coherent HR strategy for the near and longer term future adopting international best practices and high-quality standards. The award reflects CRAG's commitment to continuously improve its Human Resource policies in line with the European Charter & Code, and to provide a stimulating and favorable work environment. The award is granted to research institutions that, through the "HR Strategy for Researchers" procedure, conduct a thorough internal evaluation of its Human Resources policies and practices, and commit themselves to a detailed multi-year action plan to continuously improve them. The action plan is subject to periodic evaluations and progress monitoring.
The vision for the Human Resources Strategy at CRAG is as follows: CRAG considers the quality and wellbeing of its researchers as essential to its excellence as an institution; it is therefore committed to excellence in recruiting, to offering the best possible conditions for researchers to carry out their work in accord with the principles of equal opportunity, the highest ethical standards, and a respect for work-life balance.
The Action Plan described below is the result of an inclusive and open process that took place during 2014. This process involved an internal Working Group with representatives from all research professional categories at CRAG (Researchers, Career Track Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows, and PhD Students). The Action Plan will allow CRAG to fulfill the HR Strategic Objectives, in alignment with the European Charter and Code principles.