Northern Ireland Civil Service retains Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Huge congratulations to Northern Ireland Civil Service who has retained the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation for their ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Since first achieving the Bronze Diversity Mark in November 2019, the Civil Service has continued to work to make improvements within all areas of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Mark Head of Business, Nuala Murphy and Head of Civil Service, Jayne Brady.

Jayne Brady, Head of the Civil Service said:

“‘We are proud to have maintained our accreditation which recognises the ongoing commitment of the Civil Service to diversity and inclusion. We want to build a culture and working environment that brings out the best in us, where everyone can contribute and achieve their full potential. We have set new targets for the coming year and with the help of our diversity networks and Champions, along with NICSHR we look forward to making further progress.’

In achieving the Diversity Mark Accreditation the Civil Service have committed to an annual independent assessment and have set three gender diversity targets for the year ahead.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service want to build a culture and working environment that brings out the best in all employees, where everyone can contribute and achieve their full potential. 

Diversity Mark’s Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy commented:

We are delighted that Northern Ireland Civil Service have maintained the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation. The Independent Assessment Panel applauded the energy and commitment displayed in the annual review and within the ongoing gender initiatives that Northern Ireland Civil Service are working on. As a high profile, major employer in Northern Ireland, it is vital that Northern Ireland Civil Service exemplifies good practice and influences the wider debate on gender equality. We congratulate everyone at Northern Ireland Civil Service on this wonderful achievement and we thoroughly look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

New Chartermark collaboration to deliver Diversity & Inclusion excellence across NI and beyond

Diversity Mark and Legal Island, two leading all-Ireland certification bodies, have joined forces to deliver a sole accreditation recognising diversity and inclusion (D&I) excellence in the workplace.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark and
Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island.

A response to the growing demand for independent D&I accreditation in the pandemic era, the newly-formed Chartermark will enable organisations to establish targets and milestones on their path to greater inclusion.

Speaking on the collaboration, Nuala Murphy, Head of Diversity Mark, said:


“This is an exciting development for organisations as the newly-formed Chartermark offers the employer the very best of both worlds. It includes ambitious targets and milestones that will mark the D&I journey towards excellence in diversity and inclusion practices, with evidence of up-to-date D&I policies and all-staff D&I training required from February 2023.”

Since launching in 2016, Diversity Mark’s accreditation process has required organisations to set out clear goals and milestones relevant to D&I activity, all of which are thoroughly reviewed by independent assessors. The feedback provided then enables organisations to develop their D&I initiatives as they seek to build a more inclusive workforce. 

“We want companies to be courageous about change,” Nuala added. “Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is a top organisational priority, particularly in the pandemic era, and as an awarding body we welcome organisations to reach out and begin their journey towards greater inclusion. Our community of signatories is growing rapidly across the rest of Ireland and the UK with public declarations to build workplaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are.”

With its focus on compliance and proactive training for all business sectors, coupled with its annual D&I Awards at Titanic Belfast, Legal Island has given unprecedented profile to the importance of robust D&I practices in organisations across Northern Ireland and beyond.

Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island, added:

“We believe this combination of compliance and stretch targets is unique in the marketplace and it’s a really exciting development. At times, Northern Ireland has perhaps been considered something of a backwater for D&I activity. This development really positions us front and centre.

“No other region of the UK or indeed Ireland offers employers such a unique and thorough accreditation process, together with the opportunity for recognition at an annual D&I Awards evening.  Couple this with relevant and readily accessible online D&I training, and employers large and small across all sectors can expect to excel.”

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.