About Us

We are the awarding body of the Diversity Mark accreditation.

The Diversity Mark is awarded to companies following an independent assessment process which ensures they have reached the required standard of commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion.

For companies from all sectors the Diversity Mark is a ‘Mark of Progress’ that publicly declares that they are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace to benefit all employees.

The accreditation process is much more than a tick-box exercise. The application framework enables organisations to identify and take action on any institutional barriers facing minorities & underrepresented groups that can impact on their career progression.  The DMNI Assessment Panel provide expert annual independent feedback to assist organisations in building workplace environments in which all individuals feel valued, are treated fairly and respectfully and have equal access to opportunities.

Mission:

We will deliver diversity & inclusivity across organisations by addressing, in the first instance the gender imbalance that exists in Northern Ireland.

Vision:

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 Diversity Mark, rather than the exception for all significant and progressive organisations and businesses in Northern Ireland.

Company History

Diversity Mark NI was founded in 2016 by Women in Business NI after they launched their first manifesto with one of their four main pillars being Diversity.  The Diversity Mark, the first of its kind was developed by Women in Business NI, Queen’s University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Gilbert-Ash, David Gavaghan and Allstate NI and was launched in September 2017.

The successful launch resulted in many local businesses signing up to be a signatory with eleven receiving the Bronze Accreditation at the first Diversity Mark Awards lunch in May 2018. 

Three years after the launch eighty progressive companies from all business sectors have signed the Charter with many having achieved the Bronze Accreditation.  In June 2020 Allstate NI were the first company to be awarded the Silver Diversity Mark.

Christine White joined DMNI as Head of Business in 2018 after two decades as a top performer in retail banking and subsequently the motor trade.  She has since built relationships with many organisations resulting in a large and growing community of eighty progressive companies from all sectors working towards achieving and maintaining the Diversity Mark. 

Christine speaks passionately about the vast benefits that Diversity and Inclusion can bring to organisations and she is keen to make a difference to the Northern Ireland economy by working with organisations on their journey to build inclusive workplace environments to benefit everyone in our society.

Emma Lyttle was appointed in January 2020 in a new role as Engagement Manager.  Emma is responsible for engaging with the Diversity Mark NI signatories 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. 

 

Diversity Mark NI Ltd. is an independent not-for-profit charity run by a board of voluntary Directors

Click here for the Board of Directors

Click here for the Independent Assessment Panel

 

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 Partners 

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

Founding Partners