New partner for Women in Business puts the value of diversity firmly on the agenda

Through the new partnership programme, Fujitsu and Women in Business will deliver business development projects, learning and mentoring services and advice to women across Northern Ireland. Together, the organisations are seeking to empower the NI economy with new ideas and additional skills that comes from harnessing the ability of all those in society.

Having won a number of accolades for its workplace engagement and diversity activities, including Business in the Community’s ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ Award, Fujitsu has a proven track record of encouraging and empowering those in the ICT industry.

Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant at Fujitsu said;

“Since 2013, the UK has fallen from 18th to 20th place in the Global Gender Gap Index so there is still a lot of work to be done to create diverse and inclusive workplaces.   At Fujitsu, we believe our success is built on the skills and knowledge of our people - we want to attract and retain the best talent – regardless of individual differences such as gender or ethnicity. Through fostering an inclusive work environment, we’ve seen first-hand how creativity and innovation flourishes, creating value and growth not just in our business – but the wider sector and ultimately the economy.

“Companies should also ‘think diverse’ when it comes to designing their business models.  Digital technology – especially if we look at areas such as IoT and A.I – is creating growth in Northern Ireland and can be used by all businesses to solve and overcome problems and to empower their organisations. To fully capitalise on the opportunity presented however we need to maximise the talent available in this country and that means having a diverse workforce.”

Speaking about the new partnership, Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business NI said;

“With over 2,500 members across all sectors and with businesses of all sizes, we are uniquely placed to provide impactful support to today’s current and future leaders. Fujitsu has taken a proactive role in supporting Women in Business for many years, from sitting on our Board of Directors, to supporting our events to delivering workshops for our members. We are delighted they are taking this one step further and coming on board as our key partner.  Their expertise – particularly in skills development, diversity championing and digital innovation – will be vital if we are to continue to support Northern Ireland’s social and economic development through inclusive growth.”  

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Photo caption: Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant at Fujitsu is pictured with Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business. The leading ICT company has announced a new partnership with Women in Business to help ‘Create a New Economy’, one based on maximising potential through inclusive growth.

Reports: You can access the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report here - http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2016/rankings/