Diversity Mark NI Ltd. is the awarding body of Northern Ireland’s only independent, not-for-profit Diversity Charter Mark. Signatories of the Charter join a community which supports them in working towards achieving and maintaining the highly regarded Diversity Charter Mark.
Diversity Mark NI has over seventy progressive organisations working towards achieving, and maintaining their ‘Mark of Progress’ which they can use as a public declaration of their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion – vital in today’s competitive talent market.
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 they launched their first manifesto with one of the four main pillars being Diversity. The Diversity Charter Mark, the first of its kind was developed by Women in Business, Queen’s University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Gilbert-Ash and Allstate NI and launched in September 2017.
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.
Two years after the launch over seventy companies from all sectors have become signatories of the Charter with many having achieved the Bronze Award. In June 2020 Allstate NI were the first company to be awarded the Silver Award.
Christine White was appointed as Head of Business in August 2018 and has since built 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 environments.
Emma Lyttle was appointed in January 2020 in a new role as Engagement Manager. Emma is responsible for engaging with the Diversity Mark NI community and enabling the sharing of best practice online events, round tables, communications, ezines, and sharing of research reports to grow a learning community focused on creating diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.