JP Corry achieve Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Diversity Mark are delighted that JP Corry have recently been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation in recognition of their ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The commitment to promoting greater gender equality within an inclusive environment in JP Corry is highlighted by this accreditation which shows an acceptance of every individual’s differences and a motivation for all employees to achieve their full potential, alongside the progress of the company.

By valuing differences among the workforce and what each person is able to contribute via their own unique experiences, JP Corry have been able to see positive impacts on work, other employees, motivation, productivity and customer experience and are particularity pleased in receiving this accolade as it indicates a move away from traditional barriers to people joining the construction sector workforce.

Huge congratulations to all the team at JP Corry on this achievement.

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.

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Cubis Systems achieve Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Diversity Mark are delighted to announce that Cubis Systems has been awarded with the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation. Diversity Mark was established by Women in Business NI, in order to support and encourage organisations that aspired to challenge the diversity barriers that are faced within the business environment.

Obtaining the accreditation demonstrates Cubis Systems dedication towards improving the diversity within their company and more specifically the gender imbalance that is faced by the manufacturing and distribution industry.

Cubis Systems has obtained the Bronze Diversity Mark through setting clear objectives in regard to improving the gender breakdown within the business. They have high hopes for what Cubis will achieve with the Bronze accreditation, and their strive for a more diverse and inclusive workforce will ensure that they are able to increase their business performance, drive innovation, attract talent and provide opportunities for development for the entire workforce.

Alongside celebrating the achievement of the award, the opportunity marks the beginning of their journey toward eliminating the barriers faced by women within the manufacturing and distribution industry.

Huge congratulations to all the team at Cubis Systems on this achievement.

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.

Why is Gender Important?

As part of our series of Industry Peer Events, Diversity Mark were delighted to host Gillian Harford, Country executive at the 30% club. We talked about the Importance of Gender Equality and why we need to keep it at the forefront of our work in diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We support this focus as part of the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation with the requirement of the first three goals to focus on gender and these continue to be assessed through the Silver stage, where we require 5 goals and then Gold stage where we require 7 goals.

  • Over 50% of the population are female so straight away it breaks the bias that we are part of a majority gender and therefore gender is a majority issue.

The data tells us that if gender is a key priority and there are measurable actions put in place from the get-go, minority voices and other under represented groups are amplified. It also tells us employees will be more willing and open to listening and understanding different cultures and behaviors within the workplace. 

There is still a huge amount of work to do to achieve gender equality and according to the World Economic Forum, the time it will take to close the gender gap has grown by a massive 36 years in just 12 months. This means it will now take an estimated 135.6 years for men and women to reach parity.

  • Deloitte – less than 20% of board positions are held by females (2021)

Gillian is a strong advocate for advancing the role of Women at Senior Leadership and Board levels and the Country Executive (CEO) for the 30% Club in Ireland and shared her experiences as a highly qualified Senior HR & Change expert with more than 40 years’ experience leading people transformation and business change to more than 10,000 employees. Gillian highlighted some key facts during our fireside hosted by Nuala Murphy and contributed by our attendees:

  • What % of females within your organisation have influence and hold decision making roles?
  • The key challenge in Gender Pay Gap reporting is that it is perceived as a equal pay issue but it is actually an unequal representation issue.
  • There is no one action or magic wand, think about what is right for your organisation. Think about tactically and analysis data.
  • There are multiple different groups and organisations working on multiple solutions and we need to all come together to effectively make change moving forward.

Recommended Resources:

https://30percentclub.org/chapters/ireland

https://stemteacherinternships.ie/ For a video click here

Full Session available from our YouTube channel by clicking here

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.

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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: Good for Business

Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy takes a look at why diversity, equality and inclusion have never been more important.

‘Supporting women in work to achieve their ambitions, whatever they may be, has been a focus of mine over the past eight years through my voluntary capacity as a Lean In Network leader. We have seen thousands of women from across all industries benefit from being part of the Lean In Circle programme in their communities and organisations.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark

The benefits have seen eight out of 10 women saying that being part of a supportive group has had a positive impact on their lives, in work we have seen those who wanted a promotion, change in working patterns or indeed change in career, fulfil their goals.

Companies with more women on their boards, perform better. Mixed gender startups raise more money and build more inclusive products. More diverse teams perform better.

Since taking up my role with Diversity Mark, I have been encouraged to see the commitment among the growing number of signatories to their ‘Mark of Progress’ across Ireland and the UK. There is no doubt the pandemic shone a light on the disproportioned work women do at home and in work compared to male colleagues and partners and as such, leaders had to take heed and find ways to better support and enable their employees.

According to the McKinsey LeanIn.org Women In The Workplace study 2021: “At a time when the stakes have never been higher, women are showing up as better people-focused leaders and stronger advocates for diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) they are more likely, than men at their levels, to take consistent steps to promote employee well-being, such as checking in on their team members and helping them manage their workloads.

“They are also more likely to support DEI initiatives and to be active allies to women of colour. But although this work drives better outcomes for all employees, it is going largely overlooked by companies.”

The key findings

More than 90% of companies track women’s overall representation, but only 65% track gender differences in promotion rates.

Almost 70% of companies hold senior leaders accountable for progress on diversity goals – but only 30% hold managers, who play a critical role in hiring and promotion decisions, accountable. Only 34% of employees have participated in anti-racism training in the past year.

Senior-level women are twice as likely as senior-level men to spend substantial time on DEI work that falls outside their formal job responsibilities.

Some 86% of companies say it’s “very or extremely” critical that managers support their team members’ well-being, but only twenty-five percent formally recognise those who do this – and a similar trend holds for DEI work.

When managers take action to promote employee well-being and companies prioritise DEI, employees are happier, less burned out, and less likely to consider leaving their company.

To drive change, companies need to invest deeply in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To improve representation of all women across the pipeline, companies need to double down on reducing bias in reviews and promotions, and they need to hold leaders and managers accountable for progress. But diversity in numbers isn’t enough. Companies also need to create a culture that fully leverages the benefits of diversity – one in which women, and all employees, feel comfortable bringing their unique ideas, perspectives, and experiences to the table.

What action can we take?

You can start and continue your own journey by joining the rapidly growing Diversity Mark community of signatories across Ireland and the UK and commit to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees can feel valued and supported to do their best work. We want to support you and enable your success in this area. Not only will it help you attract and retain staff, but it will contribute to building a more equal, representative and inclusive society that at the end of the day is good for our economy.’

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.

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

Anne O’Neill (Head of HR), Katie Forrest (HR Assistant), Lauren Baker (Resource Manager)

Congratulations to Diversity Mark signatory Alchemy Technology Services who ranked number 11 of the female on the UK’s Best Workplaces for Women List 2021.

100% of the female 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.

To make the list of Best Workplaces for Women, Alchemy had to meet additional criteria from their UK Best Workplaces recognition including having at least 25% women in the workforce, at least 25% of women in senior positions and at least 80% average positive survey responses from the female workforce. 

Considering factors such as daily encounters of innovation, inclusivity, company values, and the effectiveness of leaders, the women of Alchemy rated their workplace experience as consistently great. 100% of the female workforce at Alchemy said, “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work” and on average, rated the company 93% across the board.

John Colwell, Board Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion said, “We have always been proactive about ensuring we have a female workforce who feel supported and secure in their roles. The Tech industry is renowned for having few women in roles at all levels, so we are delighted to see that our efforts are paying off and that we have a higher-than-average female to male ratio and women in Leadership at Alchemy.”

Anne O’Neill, Head of HR said, “It is so important that we not only create an environment where our female employees are treated fairly and equitably but that we lay the groundwork to ensure that young women and girls coming through school and higher education feel that a successful and prosperous career in Tech is within their reach. We have been and will continue to be active within schools and various groups to break down stereotypes and ensure that young women feel empowered to consider and are supported to pursue IT as a career.”

Alchemy have already achieved the Bronze Award Accreditation with Diversity Mark which is a “Mark of Progress” that publicly declares their commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion across the organisation. Through this process they established targets to review all policies and procedures for gender bias, increase the percentage of women in the workplace and through engagement with external bodies supporting gender equality, encourage and support women to become more confident and successful.

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.