Diversity Mark NI Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which awards companies the Diversity Charter Mark. Members join a learning community which supports them to work towards achieving and maintaining the now highly regarded, Diversity Charter Mark.
With seventy progressive organisations signed up to the learning community many now hold the ‘Mark of Progress’ which is as a public declaration for their commitment to Diversity – vital in today’s competitive talent market.
Our mission statement is simple.
We will deliver diversity & inclusivity across organisations by addressing, in the first instance the gender imbalance that exists in Northern Ireland.
We aim over the next 3 years to have enough companies and organisations signed up to the Charter that it will be the ‘norm’ to have the Charter Mark, rather than the exception for all significant and progressive organisations and businesses in Northern Ireland.
Diversity Mark NI was founded in 2016 by Women in Business NI after launching its first manifesto with one of the four main pillars being Diversity. The Diversity Charter Mark, the first of its kind was launched by Diversity Mark NI in 2017 after being developed by Women in Business, Queen’s University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Gilbert-Ash and Allstate NI.
The successful launch resulted in many local businesses applying for membership with eleven receiving Bronze Charter Mark Awards at the first Diversity Mark Awards lunch in May 2018. Almost two years on, seventy companies from all sectors have signed up for the ‘Mark of Progress’ all at different stages on the Diversity journey.
Christine White was appointed as Head of Business in August 2018 and has since build relationships with many organisations resulting in a large community of members keen to learn and share best practice. Christine brings a wealth of experience to Diversity Mark NI having spent twenty years as a top performer in large corporate organisations and she is keen to make a difference to the Northern Ireland economy by working with members on their journey to build inclusive workplace cultures to benefit everyone within our society.
Emma Lyttle was appointed in January 2020 in a new role as Membership Engagement Manager. Emma’s role will be to deliver regular engagement for Diversity Mark NI members via events, roundtables, communications, Ezines, and sharing of research reports to grow a learning community focussed on creating diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.
Christine White, Diversity Mark NI Head of Business