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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. David Sterling spoke passionately about the jouney that the Northern Ireland Civil Service has been on and that he wanted the organisation’s Diversity to be reflective of society by creating … 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

Diversity Mark NI Independant Assessment Event

Diversity Mark NI (DMNI) enables organisations of all sizes, from all sectors to apply for a charter mark which will recognise their commitment to and progress on diversity, namely gender. Independent Assessors give their time freely as they are passionate about being involved in making a positive impact on our economy through diversity. They bring a robust rigour to the process and are an asset to DMNI. Judith Gillespie, former Deputy [...] READ MORE

Christine White Appointed Head of Business

Christine White was recently appointed as Head of Business of Diversity Mark NI and she is delighted with the success of the organisation over its first 12 months. She is keen to continue to make a difference to the NI Economy through the promotion of Diversity Mark NI to all companies throughout NI. As she explained, “diversity accreditation will set businesses and organisations apart.  Focus on diversity is not only the right thing to do, [...] READ MORE

Top Local Businesses Recognised

Eleven local businesses have today been acknowledged for their commitment to advancing gender diversity in the work place, receiving Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Marks. Diversity Mark NI Ltd, was set up by Women in Business to deliver the Charter Mark, it is the first of its kind and awards organisations for their commitment to progress on gender diversity. Business who have been recognised today have committed to steps to address areas [...] READ MORE

Women in Business Launch Charter Mark NI

Today over 300 of Northern Ireland’s business leaders attended the second annual Chair’s Lunch at the Europa Hotel where Women in Business Chair, Imelda McMillan from O’Reilly Stewart solicitors launched the Gender Diversity Charter Mark Northern Ireland. Introduced by Women in Business, the Gender Diversity Charter Mark NI is the first of its kind and enables organisations to apply for a Charter Mark which will recognise their commitment [...] READ MORE

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