Applied Systems have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark, a ‘Mark of Progress’ that acknowledges their commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace to benefit all employees.
The global provider of cloud-based software for the insurance industry is recognised as a pioneer in insurance automation. Applied is the world’s largest provider of agency and brokerage management systems, serving customers throughout the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The company currently employs over 2,000 members of staff across all its locations and has been serving the insurance sector for almost four decades since established in 1983.
The Bronze award, the first stage of the accreditation process recognises the commitment of Applied Systems Northern Ireland team in advancing diversity, inclusion and belonging within the workplace, particularly in the relation to gender diversity.
Three core targets were set to work towards. These included:
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
Applied Systems committed to developing their first Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to map out their objectives and the diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives they would roll out.
Diversity and Inclusion Council
Applied Systems have developed an internal Diversity and Inclusion Council to take responsibility for ensuring that Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion issues are regularly discussed at management level. The council lead and support internal teams to deliver diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Advancing Gender Diversity in the Workplace
Applied Systems recognise the challenges facing women but also the value they bring to the workforce at various levels in the organisation. A key ambition of Applied Systems is to have a minimum of 30% female representation in their Development Team by 2030.
The company is encouraging female employees to pursue career development opportunities internally. Gender Diversity is being advanced through provision of a mentoring programme for women which enables female employees to be mentored by internal and external mentors in relation to key development areas identified by each individual. Mentoring will enable them to develop and grow in their roles and in turn, the company benefits from greater innovation and more diverse and engaged employees.
The independent assessment panel welcomed the application from Applied Systems and commended them on their ambition to have a more equal and diverse workforce that will help drive the success of the business.
Tom Needs, Chief Executive Officer, Applied Systems Europe is also delighted with the achievement:
“We are honoured to be recognised by Diversity Mark with the first accreditation for Gender Diversity. This award demonstrates Applied’s ongoing commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where people feel they belong, and everyone can bring their authentic selves to work every day.”