September 2017 saw the launch of the Gender Diversity Charter Mark NI, at the Women in Business Chair's Lunch in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. The event was attended by over 300 of Northern Ireland’s business leaders, and set the scene for this landmark intuitive.
The Charter recognises that organisations cannot reach their full potential unless they benefit from the rich variety of talents and abilities of all their employees. A balanced workforce is good for business – it is good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture.
Allstate and other Charter Mark signatories, including the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Belfast City Council, the Progressive Group, Deloitte, Alexander Mann Solutions, Gilbert Ash and Queens University Belfast, have blazed the trial for companies across Northern Ireland, pledging their commitment to the Charter, and adopting the Charter methodology to affect positive change within their own organisations.
John Healy, Managing Director of Allstate in Northern Ireland commented “Advancing Gender Diversity is everybody’s business, and at Allstate we have decided to ensure that both halves of the talent pool have optimum opportunity in the workplace. Through our Women in Technology and Embrace LGBT Groups, we are already witnessing the benefits that an inclusive workplace can bring. Now businesses across the province have the opportunity to do the same with the help of The Gender Diversity Charter Mark
Widespread adoption of the Charter commitments will make a genuine difference to gender diversity on a cross-sectorial basis and will help make the most of Northern Ireland’s talented workforce in a global competitive economy.
If you are interested in pledging your company’s commitment to Gender Diversity, please register at www.chartermarkni.org