Which Northern Ireland businesses have been recognised for commitment to Gender Diversity?

Eleven Northern Ireland businesses have been acknowledged for their commitment to advancing gender diversity in the work place, receiving Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Marks.

Diversity Mark NI Ltd, was set up by Women in Business to deliver the Charter Mark, it is the first of its kind and awards organisations for their commitment to progress on gender diversity. Business who have been recognised today have committed to steps to address areas of unequal gender representation at all levels: removing obstacles faced by women at key points of career development; implementing structural and cultural changes that will help advance gender diversity; and putting in place a strategy and action plan to affect change.

Nichola Robinson, Chair of Diversity Mark NI, Director at Bombardier commented, “We are delighted to award 11 organisations with a Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Mark today. These organisations within their applications have shown a real commitment to implementing inclusive growth and cultural shifts within the workplace.

“The Charter has enabled organisations to identify and reflect on institutional barriers facing women which impact progression on the career ladder. Through this, organisations have also taken steps to progress the overall diversity and equality agenda and improve the working environment for all employees.”

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive at Women in Business commented, “In 2016 Women in Business launched its first manifesto and one of the four main pillars was Diversity. We appointed Male gender diversity champions who, together with Women in Business, have delivered the Diversity Mark NI. We are inspired and reassured that such impressive progress has been made over the past year. I would encourage other innovative and progressive organisations to sign up, not only will they be doing the right thing, there is a correlation between gender diverse companies and better bottom line results”

Organisations who have been awarded a Bronze Charter Mark have been selected by the very distinguished Diversity Mark NI Independent Assessors panel which included

Judith Gillespie, former Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Kieran Harding, Business in the Community Director, Deborah Lange, Board Member at Invest NI and Belfast Harbour Commission and Dianne Foster, Baker Mc Kenzie.

Businesses who received the Bronze Charter Mark

  • Allstate NI
  • Alexander Mann Solutions
  • Belfast City Council
  • Danske Bank
  • Gilbert- Ash Ltd
  • Homecare Independent Living
  • Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
  • Progressive Building Society
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • Ulster Bank
  • Sensata Technologies Inc.

Organisations can sign up to the Charter at www.diversity-mark-ni.co.uk

The Charter 

  • Commits organisations to support the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level;
  • Recognises that organisations are diverse and the starting points for each may differ, and thus each organisation will set its own targets, strategy and implementation plan;
  • Requires organisations to report publicly on an annual basis on the activities and initiatives designed to deliver progress against these internal targets and to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.
  • My organisation pledges to promote gender diversity by:
  • Having one member of our senior executive team, at Board level, who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion including the strategy to advance women into senior roles;
  • Incorporating responsibility for gender diversity and inclusion at all management levels in the organisation;
  • Setting internal targets for reaching gender diversity in our senior and middle management.

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