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?

Organisations pay an annual subscription. Costs are on a sliding scale (see below) depending on the number of employees in the organisation.

How can organisations sign up to the Charter?

Step 1: Organisations can sign up by registering on the Diversity Mark NI website and paying the annual subscription. The Charter will then be sent for the CEO or Chair to sign.

Step 2:  On receipt of the signed Charter the Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation application will be sent to the organisation for review and completion.

Step 3: Organisations gather and analyse data, engage with key stakeholders and then decide on 3 effective Gender Diversity targets (Bronze level). Targets are completed on the Bronze Diversity Mark application along with baseline gender data and submitted for independent assessment at the next DMNI quarterly assessment.

Step 4: The application is 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 is given written independent feedback to assist in working towards their planned targets over the following 12 months with an annual progress report submitted for assessment each year.

Organisations at the start of their Diversity journey should select ‘Implementation of a Company Diversity Strategy’ as their first target unless one is already in place. 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 organisations 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 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.

*Diversity Mark NI Independent Assessors will not visit your organisation, they will review your application at the quarterly assessment panel and then you will be provided with written feedback.


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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