Top Local Businesses Recognised

Top Local Businesses Recognised

Eleven local businesses have today been acknowledged for their commitment to advancing gender diversity in the work place, receiving Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Marks.

Diversity Mark NI Ltd, was set up by Women in Business to deliver the Charter Mark, it is the first of its kind and awards organisations for their commitment to progress on gender diversity. Business who have been recognised today have committed to steps to address areas of unequal gender representation at all levels: removing obstacles faced by women at key points of career development; implementing structural and cultural changes that will help advance gender diversity; and putting in place a strategy and action plan to affect change.

Nichola Robinson, Chair of Diversity Mark NI, Director at Bombardier commented, “We are delighted to award 11 organisations with a Bronze Gender Diversity Charter Mark today. These organisations within their applications have shown a real commitment to implementing inclusive growth and cultural shifts within the workplace.

“The Charter has enabled organisations to identify and reflect on institutional barriers facing women which impact progression on the career ladder. Through this, organisations have also taken steps to progress the overall diversity and equality agenda and improve the working environment for all employees.”

 

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive at Women in Business commented, “In 2016 Women in Business launched its first manifesto and one of the four main pillars was Diversity. We appointed Male gender diversity champions who, together with Women in Business, have delivered the Diversity Mark NI. We are inspired and reassured that such impressive progress has been made over the past year. I would encourage other innovative and progressive organisations to sign up, not only will they be doing the right thing, there is a correlation between gender diverse companies and better bottom line results”

Organisations who have been awarded a Bronze Charter Mark have been selected by the very distinguished Diversity Mark NI Independent Assessors panel which included: Judith Gillespie, former Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Kieran Harding, Business in the Community Director, Deborah Lange, Board Member at Invest NI and Belfast Harbour Commission and Dianne Foster, Baker Mc Kenzie.

Businesses who received the Bronze Charter mark include:

Allstate NI
Alexander Mann Solutions
Belfast City Council
Danske Bank
Gilbert- Ash Ltd
Homecare Independent Living
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
Progressive Building Society
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Ulster Bank
Sensata Technologies Inc.

Organisations can sign up to the Charter at www.diversity-mark-ni.co.uk

For more information contact Louise Carson or Alicia Clarke at AIKEN
T; 028 9066 3000
E: louise@aikenpr.com or alicia@aikenpr.com

The Charter

  • Commits organisations to support the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level;
  • Recognises that organisations are diverse and the starting points for each may differ, and thus each organisation will set its own targets, strategy and implementation plan;
  • Requires organisations to report publicly on an annual basis on the activities and initiatives designed to deliver progress against these internal targets and to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.
  • My organisation pledges to promote gender diversity by:
  • Having one member of our senior executive team, at Board level, who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion including the strategy to advance women into senior roles;
  • Incorporating responsibility for gender diversity and inclusion at all management levels in the organisation;
  • Setting internal targets for reaching gender diversity in our senior and middle management.

Gender Diversity Charter Mark NI

This Charter enables organisations to apply for a charter mark which will recognise their commitment to, and progress on, gender diversity. The Charter follows a methodology of self-assessment, target-setting and review, and it prioritises continuous progression with goals set by, and appropriate to, each individual organisation.