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AMS named winner of 2021 ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Awards Northern Ireland

AMS who hold the Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation has been awarded the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Award at the 2021 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland. The Award is one of 11 Awards categories that form part of Business in the Community’s annual recognition event that recognises and rewards firms in Northern Ireland that are embracing the journey to build better workforces, create a sustainable economy and healthy communities. READ MORE

Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded Bronze Diversity Mark in recognition of its commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded Bronze Diversity Mark in recognition of its commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. Cleaver Fulton Rankin is currently working towards three key targets, with a Diversity and Inclusion Committee in place to drive forward the firm’s targets, to identify further growth opportunities, innovate and impact positively on business performance. READ MORE

Silver Diversity Mark for Liberty IT

Liberty IT is one of only seven organisations in Northern Ireland to achieve the Silver Diversity Mark accreditation, for its commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diversity Mark awarded this accolade to Liberty following the company’s work across a number of programmes, resulting in an increased number of females at entry and executive level; and enhanced awareness and learning through the roll out of their Pride [...] READ MORE

Version 1 NI Awarded the Diversity Mark Bronze Accreditation

Huge congratulations to all the team Version 1 for being awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation. onas Cella, co-chair of the Version 1 NI commented: “Receiving the Bronze Diversity Mark is an important milestone for us. It shows we are on the right track to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and makes Version 1 a great place to work in Northern Ireland. At Version 1 diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day” READ MORE

Diversity Mark Signatory Liberty IT Ranked Third in Great Place to Work UK

Great Place to Work UK has just released its Best Workplaces for Women™ 2021 listing – and Diversity Mark Signatory Liberty IT has come an incredible third in the category. This recognition confirms Liberty IT is a great workplace for all, including women. READ MORE

Transparent Thinking – Breaking The Mould in Diversity and Inclusion

As many businesses around the world recognise the benefits that come with incorporating inclusive and diverse working processes, a large proportion are unsure where to even begin. How can they enact widespread changes? Christine White, our Head of Business shares her expert insight around the important first steps which those responsible must take to instil futureproofed values. READ MORE

Prestige Insurance Holdings awarded Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation for championing gender diversity

Huge congratulations to Diversity Mark signatory Prestige Insurance Holdings, a Group of insurance businesses delivering specialist products and services in Broking, Underwriting and Insurtech – on being awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation for their commitment to championing gender diversity and inclusion. READ MORE

Diversity Mark Accreditation for Belfast City Council marks public sector first

Belfast City Council has become the first NI public sector organisation to be awarded a Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of its commitment to promoting equality and diversity within its workforce. The Silver Diversity Mark accreditation includes recognition for the Council’s commitment to developing and implementing a Minority and Ethnic Inclusion Plan by February 2022. READ MORE

Alchemy Technology Services ranked number 11 on the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women List 2021

Congratulations to Diversity Mark signatory Alchemy Technology Services who ranked number 100% of the female on the UK's Best Workplaces for Women List 2021. Workforce at Alchemy said,“Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work” This follows the company’s recent ranking as number 29 on the UK’s Best Workplaces List. READ MORE

Belfast entrepreneur Nuala Murphy named interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark

Diversity Mark NI are delighted to announce that Belfast entrepreneur Nuala Murphy has been confirmed as interim Head of Business. She will join Diversity Mark on a 14-month basis while the firm’s current head of business Christine White, is on maternity leave. READ MORE

FinTrU introduces Pregnancy Loss Policy for all employees

Diversity Mark Signatory FinTrU has officially introduced a comprehensive Pregnancy Loss Policy which will be available to all employees across the company. The FinTrU Pregnancy Loss Policy caters for both the pregnant individual and their partner in the event of a pregnancy loss. Statistics show that one in eight pregnancies can end in miscarriage, and this policy aims to support FinTrU employees. READ MORE

Diversity Mark Signatory Roundtable Event ‘Gender Balance in STEM’

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent roundtable event 'Gender Balance in STEM'. This event gave attendees the opportunity to connect with peers from other organisations and sectors, and share ideas, challenges and good practice around achieving gender balance in the STEM sector. During the session, signatories completed a poll advising the main challenges for them to achieving gender balance within their organisation. READ MORE

Greiner Packaging Partner with Equality Commission to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity in the workplace is high on the agenda for Greiner Packaging. In recent months, their Northern Ireland team have taken proactive steps to champion equality, diversity, and inclusion in the manufacturing sector. Greiner has achieved the robust Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation as a result of initiatives to update company policies and educate and train staff on diversity and inclusion READ MORE

80,000 Employees To Gain Greater Inclusivity

Delighted to announce that we recently reached a significant milestone with organisations signed up, working towards achieving and maintaining the Diversity Mark representing over 80,000 employees, with almost 40% of those companies based within the STEM sector. Launched in 2017 Diversity Mark are now the leading authority in Diversity in the UK & Ireland and the accreditation recognises an organisation’s commitment to embracing diversity. READ MORE

FinTrU awarded the Silver Diversity Mark for their commitment to diversity and inclusion

FinTrU has been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. FinTrU have taken steps to address gender diversity and female development as well as educating staff on issues affecting those within both BAME and LQBTQ+ communities. FinTrU is extremely committed to diversity and inclusion as a means to support its employees and enable them to succeed in their roles. READ MORE

New Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service announced

Bronze Diversity Mark accredited Civil Service have announced Jayne Brady is to be the new Head of the Civil Service. Jayne is currently the Digital Innovation Commissioner within Belfast City Council and will succeed Jenny Pyper, who has been serving as Interim HOCS since December 2020. Commenting on her appointment Jayne Brady said: "I’m honoured to be appointed as Head of the Civil Service...." READ MORE

Applied Systems Awarded Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Applied Systems, a global provider of cloud-based software for the insurance industry has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation acknowledging their commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace and have shared insights on their diversity and inclusion journey. Applied were commended on their ambition to have a more equal and diverse workforce that will help drive the success of the business. READ MORE

Farrans Construction Wins National Award For Stem Education Programme On South Lake Leisure Centre Project

Diversity Mark signatory, Farrans Construction has been awarded a STEM Inspiration Award for Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM for its educational work carried out while on site at South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon. The Awards celebrate individuals and organisations who support learning, raise aspirations, and illuminate careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). READ MORE

Danske Bank announces CEO transition

Diversity Mark Silver accredited Danske Bank UK Chief Executive, Kevin Kingston, has decided to retire later this year. Current Deputy CEO, Vicky Davies, will then take up the position, subject to regulatory approval. Vicky Davies will become the first female chief executive in the Bank’s 200-year history. READ MORE

Danske Bank Embed Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging into Organisational Culture

Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank took the time to detail their Diversity Mark journey to the Silver Diversity Mark. Danske Bank signed up to be a DMNI Signatory in January 2018 and have proved to be an organisation with a laser focus on measurement, using data and employee feedback to drive strategy and to set clear and ambitious targets around diversity and inclusion. READ MORE

Catalyst Champion Diversity and Inclusion within the STEM sector

Catalyst have achieved the Bronze Diversity Mark and share some insights from their work to champion diversity and inclusion among the STEM sector businesses in their community. The Catalyst team endeavour to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive. A review of their recruitment policies has formed part of their agenda to promote gender equality. READ MORE

Alchemy Technology Services reach no. 29 On UK’s Best Workplaces List

Alchemy Technology Services announced on Thursday that they had reached the top 30 on the UK’s Best Workplaces list. Based on confidential employee surveys, Alchemy achieved some of the highest scores among the 183 companies listed with 97% of Alchemy employees saying that Alchemy was a “Great Place to Work”. READ MORE

Allstate NI recognised for Corporate Responsibility Leadership

Allstate NI has earned Business in the Community’s CORE Silver Status accreditation for excellence in corporate responsibility. The recognition is Northern Ireland’s only standard for honoring a company’s community engagement, responsible leadership and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. With 2,400 employees in Belfast, Strabane and Londonderry, Allstate NI is the biggest tech company in Northern Ireland and is a leader in its [...] READ MORE

Does Your Business Welcome and Support Autistic Employees?

In Northern Ireland there is a 21.7% employment rate for autistic adults. This is one of the lowest rates of employment across disabilities, despite many autistic individuals being able and motivated to gain and maintain employment. Consider what your company can do to improve employment opportunities for autistic individuals and champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Support and training is available from Autism NI. READ MORE

Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens Reach Major Safety Milestone

Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens have reached a major safety milestone with 1,000 days without a lost time incident. Their employees have worked 2 years, 8 months, and 27 days without any lost time injury, which is a measure of monitoring incidents that result in an employee missing work due to an injury or accident in the workplace. READ MORE

Diversity and Inclusion, From Talk to Action

Diversity Mark Head of Business, Christine White delivered a practical session yesterday on taking the first steps to Diversity and Inclusion at a Derry and Strabane Enterprise Week event. The week-long programme of events powered by Startacus entitled ‘Level Up 2021’ inspired post pandemic ideas and spark creativity by exploring how people, both locally and internationally have innovated, created economic growth, and initiated real change. READ MORE

Learning Pool awarded ‘World Class’ accreditation for exemplary employee engagement

Best Companies, the leading specialists in team engagement, has awarded Learning Pool a 3-star accreditation for employee engagement. As the highest accreditation achievable, this signifies that the company ranks as having ‘world class’ levels of workplace engagement. Accreditations from Best Companies are the recognized standard in employee engagement. Working with some of the world’s best-known brands, Best Companies measures, improves [...] READ MORE

We are hiring a Head of Business (14 month secondment or temporary contract)

Diversity Mark have an exciting opportunity for an individual to develop their skills whilst gaining new perspective in a purposeful role as Head of Diversity Mark. The right person will be able to think strategically, seeing the bigger picture and delivering objectives to develop and grow the business throughout the UK and Ireland. They will lead the organisation for a period of 14 months at an exciting stage of growth and an important, and [...] READ MORE

The Consumer Council sign up to new initiative to help physical and mental health of its employees.

Diversity Mark signatory The Consumer Council in Belfast has signed up to a new initiative to help deal with the impact that the pandemic has had on the physical and mental health of its employees. Determined to make a positive change and to put staff health first, The Consumer Council signed up to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke's Work Well Live Well programme. READ MORE

The Utility Regulator Join Diversity Mark Accreditation Programme

Recently appointed CEO at Utility Regulator, John French has taken the time to explain how important it was that the organisation sign up to Diversity Mark. "I would absolutely recommend the Diversity Mark accreditation programme to other organisations. The programme provides a helpful approach that enables structured and meaningful discussions around diversity and inclusion to take place in the workplace." READ MORE

Texthelp awarded Bronze Diversity Mark for commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

We are thrilled to announce that Text Help have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark, in recognition of our work in diversity, equity and inclusion. It marks an important step in their journey towards growing a more inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. READ MORE

AMS awarded Silver Diversity Mark

AMS announced they received their Silver Diversity Mark from awarding body Diversity Mark NI. The award recognizes AMS’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.  Marcella McKeever, Head of the Belfast Global Client Service Centre said ‘Having previously been awarded the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark for our gender diversity and inclusivity actions, AMS took action to drive new diversity targets across the business, which [...] READ MORE

NI Water awarded Bronze Diversity Mark for the third year running

Diversity Mark are delighted to announce NI Water is celebrating having been awarded the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark for the third year running. The prestigious award recognises the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and creating an environment where everyone matters. READ MORE

Signatory Roundtable Event – Gender Balance at Senior Level

Thank you to everyone that joined us today at our virtual Roundtable for Diversity Mark signatory organisations.  This event gave attendees the opportunity to connect with peers from other organisations and sectors, and share share ideas, challenges and good practice around achieving gender balance at senior level. We have summarised some of the key messages … READ MORE

Signifyd awarded Bronze Diversity Mark

We are delighted to announce that Signifyd have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark. The accreditation recognises Signifyd’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Signifyd started their Diversity Mark journey in June 2020. Matthew Hamilton said "over the past year, we worked extremely hard to bring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to the front and centre of the work that we do and how we learn from each other. READ MORE

Deloitte awarded Silver Diversity Mark for commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Professional services firm Deloitte is the third company in Northern Ireland to be awarded a Silver Diversity Mark. Deloitte's Belfast Balance team was recognised for its hard work and commitment to driving the respect and inclusion and wellbeing agendas. Deloitte has ambitious UK wide targets for gender balance over the next three to 10 years, with an ultimate goal of 50-50 gender balance across all grades by 2030. READ MORE

Encirc Champion Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Manufacturing

Supporting employees’ learning and development, their health and wellbeing, and instilling the key pillars of honesty, transparency, and equality in team members are core values of bottle manufacturing company, Encirc. Fiacre O’Donnell, Director of Sustainability at Vidrala explains why Encirc joined the Diversity Mark accreditation programme and shares some insights on the steps they’ve taken in their journey. READ MORE

Alchemy Technology Services receives Bronze Diversity Mark Award

Alchemy Technology Services today announced they had received the Bronze Diversity Mark from awarding body Diversity Mark NI. The award recognises Alchemy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. CFO and Board Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion said “We are delighted to have received the Bronze Diversity Mark. We believe it is our duty … READ MORE

Bank of Ireland becomes first Irish business to gain ‘Disability Smart Standard’ accreditation.

Bank of Ireland is proud to have become the first Irish company to achieve the prestigious ‘Disability Smart Standard’, a workplace accreditation recognising the Bank’s commitment to disability inclusion. The Disability Smart Standard is an audit developed by the Business Disability Forum to help organisations measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or … READ MORE

Allstate NI put employee health and wellbeing at the forefront of their values

As we entered 2021, with uncertainty and a further lockdown, the Allstate Health and Wellbeing team got to work on how they could make January a brighter month for employees. Throughout the month they worked with AXA, their private healthcare providers to hold weekly webinars with a focus on physical wellbeing, and through this series … READ MORE

Rebel Ideas ‘The Power of Diverse Thinking’ Virtual Event

Thank you to everyone that joined us today at our fully subscribed webinar ‘Rebel Ideas – The Power of Diverse Thinking’. This was our fifth in a series of ‘Driving Diversity in a COVID-19 World’ webinars and we were joined by Andrew Toogood of Proclaim Consulting who presented at today’s event creating a highly engaging environment … READ MORE

Sandvik Mobiles’ awarded Bronze Diversity Mark

We are delighted to announce that Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens who started their journey with Diversity Mark NI in early 2020 have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark for their commitment to gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Andy McCullock, Vice President Mobile Crushers and Screens, commented: “We are proud to have reached … READ MORE

NI WISE Hub ‘Pulsar’ launched to promote STEM Diversity

Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, has been working closely with WISE, a UK body committed to encouraging women and girls to take up careers in science and engineering, to develop a Northern Ireland regional hub aimed at showing girls that STEM careers are exciting, well-paid and fulfilling. The hub features an interactive careers … READ MORE

DMNI Virtual Event ‘Rebel Ideas – The Power of Diverse Thinking’

We are delighted to have secured international keynote speaker Andrew Toogood of Proclaim Consulting to present at our next virtual event – Rebel Ideas, The Power of Diverse Thinking. During this online event we will: Learn how to leverage cognitive diversity as a strategic advantage Discover how individuals own thinking guides the success of their … READ MORE

Industry shines light on two of Encirc’s rising stars

Encirc started their DMNI journey in January 2020 and were awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark in April 2020 for their commitment to gender diversity. Two of their batch and furnace leaders have been recognised as young pioneers within the glass industry. Erin Miller picked up the Rising Star award at this year’s Glass Focus Awards … READ MORE

Gilbert-Ash celebrates Diversity Mark success

Gilbert-Ash Ltd. has become the first construction firm in N Ireland to have retained the Bronze Diversity Mark for three consecutive years. The Bronze Diversity Mark recognises and identifies companies that have been independently assessed and have reached a high standard of commitment to advancing Gender Diversity. The Diversity Mark NI independent assessment panel congratulated … READ MORE

Marking ‘100’ Diversity & Inclusion Resources & Reports

We have been working to create a substantial and diverse range of resources and reports made available for everyone. Whether you are just starting your diversity and inclusion journey or further down the path we have over 100 insightful resources that will support and guide you through each step of the way. READ MORE

Disabilities, Mental Health and Belonging Webinar

Thank you to everyone that joined us today at our fourth in a series of ‘Driving Diversity in a COVID-19 World’ webinars. Danske Bank joined us to present at today’s event and openly and authentically shared their journey with 'Disabilities, Mental Health and Belonging'. READ MORE

IQ-EQ awarded Bronze Diversity Mark

We are delighted to announce that IQ-EQ’s Belfast office has been awarded the Bronze  Diversity Mark. Diversity Mark NI was established in 2016 and has more than 70 members from all business sectors across Northern Ireland. This accreditation looks to award organisations who demonstrate and highlight their commitment to advancing diversity within their workplace. IQ-EQ, … READ MORE

Greiner Packaging UK receives Bronze Diversity Mark

Greiner Packaging UK has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark by demonstrating publicly their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion within their workplace.  Greiner Packaging is one of Europe’s leading packaging manufacturers and providers of customised solutions from a single source. Operating in 30 locations in 19 different countries, the Dungannon site is leading the way with … READ MORE

First Steps to LGBT Inclusion Webinar

Thank you to everyone that joined us today at our third in a series of ‘Driving Diversity’ events.  Today’s webinar ‘First Steps to LGBT Inclusion’ was presented by Fergal McFerran, Diversity Mark NI Independent Assessor and Account Manager at Stonewall UK. Fergal delivered an educational and extremely comprehensive presentation.   Some of the key learnings from … READ MORE

Translink awarded Bronze Diversity Mark for workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Translink has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark for commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. This ‘Mark of Progress’ recognises Translink’s ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. The award is independently assessed by a team of business experts who look for evidence of a target driven approach at addressing gender diversity across their … READ MORE

Silver Diversity Mark awarded to Danske Bank

The award recognises the bank’s commitment to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive culture where differences are seen as a strength and where people feel valued and realise their full potential. Diversity Mark applications are assessed by an independent panel of experts. Danske Bank demonstrated significant improvements in female representation at Board level and in … READ MORE

Extern becomes first charity in Northern Ireland to achieve the Bronze Diversity Mark

The award recognises Extern’s commitment to creating working environments that are fair and positive for all genders. Diversity Mark applications are assessed by an independent panel of experts. The panel were particularly impressed with Extern’s clear ambitions and staff engagement resulting in a Diversity strategy to affect change, growth, and development.    Each year, Extern … READ MORE

Don’t Let the Pandemic Set Back Gender Equality – Harvard Business Review

Progress towards greater gender equality has been hesitant and halting over the past five years and the Covid-19 pandemic now risks sending it into reverse. Harvard Business Review’s analysis shows that women’s jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to this crisis than men’s jobs: Women make up 39% of global employment but account for 54% … READ MORE

Driving Diversity in a Covid-19 World – ‘Allstate’s journey to Silver’ Webinar

Today’s webinar was presented by Lesley Miller, Sorcha Diver, Susan Walker and Maeve McAllister from Allstate NI and they authentically shared their ‘Path to Silver’ having recently been the first company to be awarded the Silver Diversity Mark. READ MORE

Driving Diversity in a COVID-19 World – ‘Employee Led Networks’ Webinar

We want to thank everyone that joined us at our first ‘Driving Diversity in a Covid-19 World’ event. The theme for the inaugural virtual event was ‘Employee Led Networks’ and we were delighted to have Sandra Wright, HR Business Partner at Ulster Bank authentically share the Bank’s journey with this effective diversity initiative. Sandra shared that … READ MORE

Allstate NI – the first company to be awarded the Silver Diversity Mark

Diversity Mark NI are thrilled to announce that Allstate NI are the first company in Northern Ireland to be awarded the Silver Diversity Mark Award. Allstate started their D&I journey with us three years ago and have shown passion, accountability, and proactive progression in reaching this milestone. Our Independent Assessors commended Allstate’s comprehensive nature of … READ MORE

Energia Group & Encirc are awarded the Mark of Progress

We were delighted and proud to have presented energy company Energia Group and glass manufacturer Encirc Ltd. with the Bronze Diversity Mark this month. This robust award is independently assessed by our passionate and highly regarded voluntary independent assessors. The assessment panel acknowledged the passion, dedication, and commitment by the organisations to improve Gender Diversity … READ MORE

Bronze Diversity Mark Celebrations

We were delighted and proud to have presented another five very progressive organisations with the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark. The robust award is independently assessed by our wonderfully passionate and highly regarded assessors. They acknowledged the continued passion, dedication and persistent striving by the organisations enhancing within Diversity & Inclusion not only their own working … READ MORE

Remote Working – Best Practice Tips and Strategies

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe with further social-distancing measures being imposed many of us are now working from home. This massive unprecedented shift to distance working may have long-term benefits as we learn new habits and introduce apps and software to enable effective remote working. READ MORE

Diversity Mark NI Covid-19 Update

As the Covid 19 pandemic evolves the Diversity Mark NI team will be working from home to ensure the safety of our people. As always, we are here for our members and we encourage you to keep in touch. READ MORE

Northern Ireland’s Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Diversity Mark NI recently hosted the Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit at Titanic Belfast, the first of its kind to take place in Northern Ireland. The Summit examined the crucial issue of Diversity and Inclusion going ‘Beyond the Tick Box’ and the event was formally opened by David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil … READ MORE

Charter Mark Award Celebration at Ulster Bank

We were delighted and proud to have presented five very progressive organisations with the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark at our Awards Lunch this month hosted by Ulster Bank. The Diversity Mark independent assessors were particularly impressed with the challenges that these organisations have set themselves, with some very creative and innovative initiatives to build an … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Breakfast hosted by FinTrU

Thank you to Darragh McCarthy, Katrien Roppe and the wonderful team at FinTrU for hosting a Diversity Mark breakfast at their offices today. At the event our Head of Business Christine White along with the support of David Gavaghan, Diversity Mark NI Board Member spoke to a wide range of invited guests from diverse sectors … READ MORE

Emma Lyttle appointed Membership Engagement Manager

Emma Lyttle joined Diversity Mark NI 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.  Emma is passionate about people … READ MORE

Laura Bates joins Lord Davies at inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Laura Bates joins Lord Davies of Abersoch as another announced speaker Northern Ireland’s first Diversity and Inclusion Summit being held on Thursday 20th February 2020 at Titanic Belfast. Click here for online ticket sales Laura works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to … READ MORE

Caroline van der Feltz joins the Diversity Mark Board

We are delighted to announce that Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Dankse Bank UK has joined the Diversity Mark board. Caroline van der Feltz  is an experienced HR Director with over 25  years’ experience within the fields of Financial Services, FMCG, Travel and Retail sectors. Currently at Danske Bank UK she leads the … READ MORE

Diversity Mark NI are hiring a Membership Engagement Manager

Due to our success with the Diversity Charter Mark we are delighted to announce that we have a very exiting opportunity for someone to join our team in a dynamic new role. The role of the Membership Engagement Manager is to ensure that relationships with Diversity Mark NI members are strong and enduring. Delivering regular … READ MORE

Diversity & Inclusion Summit, Thursday 20th February 2020

We are thrilled to announce Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE as keynote speaker at Northern Ireland’s first Diversity & Inclusion Summit being held on Thursday 20th February 2020 at Titanic Belfast. This unique half day event will also feature leaders in Diversity and Inclusion with speakers and panels to inspire and motivate attendees focussed on … READ MORE

Danske Bank Diversity Success

We want to congratulate Danske Bank for being awarded the Women in Business Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace at their glittering awards celebration earlier this month.  Nicola McCleery, Head of Specialist Business at Danske Bank told us how very proud she felt that Danske Bank had been recognised for advancing not just Gender … READ MORE

Upcoming Event: FinTrU Diversity Mark Breakfast 22/01/20

Hosted by Darragh McCarthy, CEO & Founder at FinTrU Wednesday 22nd January 2020 8am – 9.30am at FinTrU House, 1 Cromac Avenue, The Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JA Thank you to Darragh McCarthy for hosting our January diversity breakfast to enable business leaders to find out more about the Diversity Mark NI membership. At this invite only … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Breakfast hosted by Learning Pool

Thank you to Louise McElvaney and her team for organising such a great Diversity Mark event in their fabulous new offices in Derry.  At the event our Head of Business Christine White gave a presentation with support from Dr Bryan Keating CBE, our vice chair to a group including local businesses and Learning Pool team … READ MORE

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE joins Diversity Mark Independent Assessment Panel

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, CEO Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance (NITA) We are thrilled to welcome Joanne Stuart to the Diversity Mark Independent Assessment Panel. Joanne joined the NITA in March 2019. As the single independent voice for the tourism economy in Northern Ireland, NITA’s role is to be the influential voice for the Tourism economy … READ MORE

Upcoming Event:  Learning Pool hosts Diversity Mark Breakfast – 6/11/19

Learning Pool is delighted to have recently signed up to Diversity Mark NI, joining a raft of companies such as Allstate, Queens University and Belfast City Council, to recognise their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Learning Pool believe that widespread adoption of this Mark will make a genuine difference to diversity and … READ MORE

McKinsey & Company -Women in the Workplace Report 2019

“Five years in, we see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the pipeline to make real progress.” Click Here to view full report online READ MORE

Equality Commissioner Deborah Donnelly joins Diversity Mark Assessment Panel

Debbie has, over her career, experience in a range of high profile and often contentious areas of public sector policy and she was involved in major programmes of public sector reform on policing, criminal justice and the wider public sector. She has a long history in working on equality and human rights issues, and she … READ MORE

Diversity Charter Mark awarded to top companies at Diversity Mark Lunch

We were very proud to present six of our members with the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark at our 2nd Business of Diversity Lunch this week. These organisations are focussing on some very innovative initiatives to drive diversity within their organisations. We want to congratulate the following progressive organisations: St Ronan’s Primary School, Newry First Derivatives … READ MORE

Greencore’s Gary Kennedy supports Diversity Mark NI

We welcomed over 100 of the country’s CEO’s and senior business leaders to our 2nd Business of Diversity Lunch sponsored by Danske Bank and First Derivatives, at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Our keynote speaker was Gary Kennedy, Chair of Greencore and also Chairman of Connect Group plc and Green REIT plc. Gary co-chairs … READ MORE

Stonewall’s Fergal McFerran joins Diversity Mark NI

We are thrilled to announce that Fergal McFerran from Stonewall UK has joined us as an independent assessor. Fergal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on LGBTQ inclusion which will be valuable to us, and our members over the coming years. Fergal McFerran “I’m delighted to be joining Diversity Mark’s growing panel of independent … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Breakfast hosted by Deloitte

Jackie Henry, Northern Ireland office Senior Partner at Deloitte welcomed a group of business leaders to an intimate Diversity breakfast to discuss the benefits seen at Deloitte since prioritising Diversity and Inclusion. Jackie spoke passionately about being involved with Diversity Mark NI having been involved from the start as a founding partner. Jackie explained that … READ MORE

Allstate Diversity Breakfast

We would like to thank John Healy, Managing Director at Allstate for hosting our latest Business Leader’s Diversity breakfast. John Healy spoke passionately with the group about Allstate’s involvement with Diversity Mark and explained that he felt that they are ‘part of something really special’. Kieran Harding, Diversity Mark Independent Assessor and Managing Director at … READ MORE

Upcoming Event: The 2nd Business of Diversity Lunch

Wendy Austin interviews Gary Kennedy, Chairman of Greencore Group plc, Connect Group plc and Green REIT plc and Co-chair of Balance for Better Business. Wednesday 23rd October 2019 from 12.00pm to 2.30pm at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. We are thrilled to announce that we have secured Gary Kennedy as part of our compelling speaker … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Best Practice Members Event

Diversity Mark members gathered on 22nd August for our first Best Practice event hosted by Danske Bank at the Catalyst Fintech Hub.  At this event we heard best practice tips, and the steps to silver & gold from Diversity Mark Independent Assessors Judith Gillespie & Deborah Lange.  Nicola McCleery then presented Danske Bank’s Gender Diversity … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Milestone – 50 Members

We are delighted to announce that we have just reached a significant milestone for Diversity Mark – 50 Northern Ireland business leaders have committed to go on a journey to deliver diversity and inclusivity for their organisation.   Diversity Mark’s very robust process is monitored on an annual basis, and as a result of our … READ MORE

NIFRS Diversity Success Story

Women in the Fire Service ‘Celebrating Difference Improving Delivery’ development weekend June 2019 Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services supports ‘Women in the Fire Service UK’ (WFS), a national charity established in 1993 to enable and inspire confident and successful women to build a more progressive fire and rescue service.  WFS also focusses on improving … READ MORE

Bank of Ireland, Slice Belfast & Liberty IT awarded the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark

We want to congratulate Bank of Ireland, Slice Belfast & Liberty IT for passing the Diversity Mark independent assessment and achieving the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark.  These organisations within their applications have shown a real commitment to implementing inclusive growth and cultural shifts within the workplace. READ MORE

The ‘Mark of Progress’ billboard campaign

We are delighted to present our new logo which we are promoting via a billboard campaign ‘Look for the Mark of Progress’ around Belfast fromthe 17th June. We have replaced the gender symbols with a ring torepresent all areas of diversity. Organisations moving to silver & gold will have the opportunity to bringin other areas … READ MORE

Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture at Queen’s University

The Diversity Mark Board were delighted to be invited along the launch of the Queen’s Management School Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture Series at Queen’s University on Friday 21st June. The event, entitled: ‘An Interview with Mary McAleese’, was hosted by Queen’s Management School, in association with the Chief Executives’ Club and was compered by BBC … READ MORE

Diversity Mark Presents at Powered by Talent Conference

Christine White, Head of Business at Diversity Mark NI was delighted to be invited along to present at this year’s Powered by Talent Conference hosted by the Abacus Talent Group at the International Convention Centre in Belfast on Wednesday 22nd May. Powered by Talent united businesses from the professional services sector to highlight best practice in … READ MORE

Diversity Charter Mark Awarded to Northern Ireland Water

We were delighted to award Northern Ireland Water with the Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Mark.  They within their application have shown a real commitment to implementing inclusive growth and cultural shifts within the workplace. Christine White presented NI Water Chief Executive Sara Venning and HR Business Partner Janine Murphy with the award at a recent … READ MORE

Diversity Breakfast at the Ulster Bank

Business leaders gathered today at an intimate diversity breakfast hosted by Richard Donnan, Head of the Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland. This event was another opportunity to highlight the importance of prioritising Gender Diversity in the workplace. Richard shared some valuable insights from Ulster Bank’s diversity journey with the guests. Richard explained that they have … READ MORE

The Business of Diversity Lunch – with keynote speaker Gary McGann

Paddy Power Chief – Bets on Gender Diversity Over 160 of Northern Ireland’s CEO’s and senior business men and women gathered on 2nd April, to attend Diversity Mark NI’s Business of Diversity Lunch, sponsored by Allstate Northern Ireland the iconic Belfast Harbour Commissioners Harbour Office. The lunch was an opportunity to highlight the significance of … READ MORE

Queen’s University Belfast Diversity Award

Congratulations to Queen’s University Belfast on achieving the Gender Diversity Charter Mark.  The award was presented to Professor Ian Greer, President & Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s at a recent Business Leaders Diversity Breakfast he hosted at the iconic Lanyon Building earlier this month. Queen’s have been on the diversity journey for many years having won their … READ MORE

Diversity Mark NI Vice Chair awarded CBE

Dr. Bryan Keating has been awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list for services to economic development in Northern Ireland.  Dr Keating has been a director of and an investor in a number of Northern Ireland technology businesses over the last four decades and is the former chairman of MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s … READ MORE

Guardian Public Service Diversity Award for NIFRS

At a very special evening in London on Tuesday the winners of this year’s Guardian Public Service Awards were revealed.  We are very proud of our members at the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service for being awarded the Diversity & Inclusion Award. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service serves a population of 1.8 … READ MORE

Diversity Success for Deloitte at Danske Bank Breakfast

Danske Bank Chief Executive Kevin Kingston hosted our November Diversity breakfast in the Danske Bank Board Room earlier this month.  Kevin welcomed other Diversity Mark NI members and business leaders and used the opportunity as a chance to discuss the positive cultural changes required to address gender diversity in the workplace. Our head of business … READ MORE

Women in Business Awards for Diversity Mark NI Members

WIBNI 2018 Awards The Women in Business Awards celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland. Now in their 8th year, the Women in Business Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to … READ MORE

October Diversity breakfast at the SHS Group

Belfast-based SHS Group, distributors of many well-known consumer brands such as Shloer and WKD, is the latest company to be presented with a gender diversity award at an intimate diversity breakfast attended by a selection of guests from the Northern Ireland business community. Elaine Birchall, chief executive of SHS Group was delighted to receive the … READ MORE

Homecare Independant Living celebrate Diversity success

We are proud to have HCIL on board as Bronze Gender Diversity Award Winners.   “At HCIL, we celebrate the diverse team we have and the wide range of careers and opportunities within our businesses.  A diverse workforce makes our business stronger, more empathetic, more dynamic, more innovative and more adaptable to the changes our … READ MORE

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