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 gender diversity award after their application was assessed by the independent assessment panel.
“I became aware of the NI Gender Diversity Charter Mark through Women in Business NI and from discussions with other business leaders. The framework enables businesses to identify and reflect on the career progression of women in their organisation and in doing so supports the overall diversity agenda, and therefore the working environment of all employees. This ethos fits well with that of the SHS Group
We recently refreshed our HR Strategy, placing a strong focus on building performance and capability. Our goal is to support our employees to be the best that they can be and diversity & inclusion are fundamental aspects of this. To ensure we get our approach right we have established a working group across our Divisions to progress diversity and inclusion. All employee levels are represented and we regularly monitor our progress on Gender Diversity.
The NI Gender Diversity Charter Mark is a way of showing commitment to gender diversity and suitable plans to address any diversity gaps that may exist. We are delighted to be awarded the bronze level and we recognise the importance of the journey that we are on. I personally would like to encourage other organisations to sign up to the Charter and make a firm commitment to addressing areas of inequitable gender representation and work on putting in place a strategy and action plan to effect change.”