The Process

Who can be a signatory of the Charter? The Charter is aimed at all small, mid and large companies and organisations, across all sectors, with operations in Northern Ireland.

What does it cost to apply to the charter?  Costs are on a sliding scale depending on the number of employees in the organisation.

How can organisations sign up to the charter?

Step 1: Organisations can sign up for the Charter Mark by registering on the Diversity Mark NI website and paying the annual subscription

Step 2: Following review and acceptance of the initial registration the organisation will be given access to the Diversity Mark NI application form and Gender Diversity table to work on over the next number of months. 

Step 3: The organisation submits their completed application including three Gender Diversity targets (Bronze Award) and their current Gender Diversity data to the Charter Review Committee. Table 2 below lists the Quarterly deadlines for the process 

Step 4: The application will then be reviewed by the Independent Assessment Panel at the next quarterly assessment. The organisation will contact the applicant organisation with any queries, working to maximise the chances of application approval and receipt of the Bronze level award.  This may involve the organisation reviewing their initial application with feedback for resubmission at the next quarterly assessment.

Step 5: The organisation should then work towards their planned targets over the following 12 months and then update the Charter Review Committee with their progress against their targets after 12 months to be reviewed again by the Independent Assessment Panel.

Please click here to access the Charter requirements and Diversity Mark Award criteria

Organisations at the start of their Diversity journey should select ‘Implementation of a Company Diversity’ strategy as their first target. This activity should involve consultation with existing staff, external stakeholders, an assessment of current priorities, and an expression of the organisation’s motivation for undertaking D&I activity with the aim of having a living document which outlines the values, principles and goals of the business.

How can organizations best ensure their proposed target improvements are likely to be achieved?

Self-assessment and self-setting of target goals is key. Organisations should analyse their gender diversity at all levels, recruitment data, staff surveys and exit interviews as part of the assessment process. They should use this data to inform their chosen improvement plans and proposed 12-month targets. Targets should be developed with reference to the industry, existing gender diversity levels, and other contextual factors such as resource pipelines. The proposed improvement measures will therefore be different for every organisation.

Review by the Independent Assessment Panel

Award applications and annual reports are assessed by the Independent Assessment Panel.  The panel will be made up of independent voluntary assessors. Companies which have successfully achieved a Bronze Level Mark will be permitted to nominate candidates to sit on the review panel.


Size of Organisation by Number of Employees Annual Membership Fee
4000+ £4000
2000-3999 £3000
1000-1999 £2500
500-999 £1500
250 – 499 £1000
100 – 249 £750
1 – 99 £500

Last Updated 1st August 2019


Deadline for completing the Diversity Mark application Annual review date, update on progress
31st January Annually on 31st January
30th April Annually on 30th April
31st July Annually on 31st July
31st October Annually on 31st October

Last Updated 1st August 2019

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