Deloitte has become the third company in Northern Ireland to be awarded a “Silver Mark” for diversity and inclusion practices by awarding body, Diversity Mark NI.
According to the body, the award is currently “the highest level available”, with only Allstate NI and Danske Bank also having received the accolade.
Assessors commended the firm’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, with Deloitte’s Belfast Balance team “recognised for its hard work and commitment to driving the respect and inclusion and wellbeing agendas”.
Diversity Mark applications are assessed by an independent panel of experts, who looked at a number of Deloitte’s diversity initiatives.
Among these were Deloitte’s “UK wide targets for gender balance over the next three to 10 years, with an ultimate goal of 50-50 gender balance across all grades by 2030”.
The firm’s application also highlighted a commitment to “meaningful interventions on ethnic diversity across the firm”- including “voluntarily reporting on the firm’s ethnicity pay gap, and renewing its employee life-cycle processes to remove any bias”.
Jackie Henry, office senior partner at Deloitte in Belfast said: “This validates the effort so many people in the team have put in to ensure we are an employer that walks the walk on diversity and inclusion and doesn’t just talk about it to tick a box.
“We will work hard to make sure we keep evolving as an employer and remain committed to improving our workplace and culture even further so that every colleague continues to feel valued, respected and able to be themselves at Deloitte.”
Diversity Mark was founded in 2016 by business support network, Women in Business NI.