About Us

 

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation and we support companies of all sizes in achieving a Charter Mark to recognise commitment to Diversity in the workplace.  The ‘Diversity Charter Mark’ will demonstrate that organisations are committed to building a positive and inclusive workplace culture.

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.  

Company History In 2016 Women in Business NI (WIBNI) launched it’s first manifesto with one of the four main pillars being Diversity.  WIBNI worked together with five male diversity champions to launch the Diversity Charter Mark, the first of its kind. Diversity Mark NI was launched in September 2017 at the WIBNI’s 2nd Annual Chair’s Lunch with eight founding members.  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. Diversity Mark NI have many innovative and progressive organisations from a variety of sectors & sizes.  The process for signing up for a Charter Mark is straightforward and applications are reviewed by an Independent Panel. Christine White was appointed as Head of Business in August 2018.  Christine brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having spent twenty years in large corporate organisations.  She is keen to make a difference to the Northern Ireland economy through the process of Diversity and she is looking forward to meeting new members.  

Christine White, Head of Business

 

Male Diversity Champions

Sir Malcolm McKibbin – Northern Ireland Civil Service, Professor Patrick Johnston – Queens University Belfast, John Healy – Allstate, Ray Hutchinson – Gilbert Ash, David Gavaghan – The Aurora Fund

Founding Members

Allstate, Queens University Belfast, The Progressive Building Society, Gilbert Ash, Belfast City Council, Deloitte, Alexander Mann Solutions

Founding Partners