Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

AIB Group – iMatter – No matter who I am, how I look where I’m from, I make a difference

AIB Group has been in existence in its current format since 1966 and is built on a tradition of conservative and hierarchical customs and practices. In the last three years the organisation has been on a journey to engender a culture of Diversity and Inclusion based on achieving real change in leadership, policies and practices as part of a programme called iMatter. The programme is built on four aspects – raising awareness; improving talent pipelines; creating a more modern work environment that encourages diversity; and actions to ‘mind the gap’ integrating family absences such as maternity leave into standard career planning.

The programme has included a range of best in class people policies, unconscious bias training for over1,400 people leaders, establishment of employee network groups for pride, women, men, abilities, roots and families; and the setting of ambitious and stretching gender targets for Board, C-Suite and Senior Management representation.

 Diageo Ireland – Learning for Life Refugee & Asylum Seeker Training Programme

The Diageo Learning for Life Refugee and Asylum Seekers Programme is a pilot project, providing education, training and employment opportunities in the hospitality sector for newly arrived migrants.

Through training and education, cultural learning and mentorship, Diageo and its staff, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the Immigrant Council of Ireland, have worked with a group of participants based in the Mosney Centre to train them in to work in the hospitality sector and integrate into Irish work and life.

After an intense programme, the group will gain a City and Guilds certificate and take part in a work placement which will lead them to hopefully have the confidence to go out and gain work in Ireland. This will help them establish an income, meet colleagues, learn more about their new country and become part of the fabric of Irish society.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car – The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Diversity, Career and Family Focus Programme

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has followed a simple philosophy for more than 50 years – put your customers and employees first and business success will inevitably follow.  Workplace Diversity and Inclusion is central to this philosophy and Enterprise is fully committed to creating a diverse and culturally aware workforce and a culturally competent organisation that mirrors the makeup of the communities it serves. With this philosophy in mind, the management team at Enterprise Rent-A-Car identified specific gaps in the demographics of their employees and implemented important strategic initiatives to begin closing those gaps.  As a result of their focus and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Enterprise Rent-A-Car was successful in increasing the presence and visibility of diverse groups, including female, LGBT and people with disabilities within the business, which they believe will have far reaching benefits for every employee, customer and business partner.

ESB – Managing Successful Parenting Transitions Programme

CSR is at the heart of ESB’s business vision, which is why investing in people is so important for them. Working towards a more gender balanced leadership is a key priority for ESB and the Managing Successful Parenting Transitions Programme supports this aim. ESB recognises that organisations are at risk of losing talent if parenting transitions are not managed effectively and there can be challenges for individuals reintegrating back into the workforce after a parenting leave absence.

To that end, the Diversity and Inclusion Team within ESB have developed a bespoke coaching-based programme – Managing Successful Parenting Transitions for employees going though maternity/ paternity/adoption and for line managers/HR Business Partners. Developed in conjunction with Talking Talent, the series of workshops provides participants with the confidence, knowledge and tools to navigate this transition smoothly and with high quality support for employees.

Fujitsu Ireland – The Women’s Business Network at Fujitsu (WBN@F)

Fujitsu Ireland launched its Women’s Business Network @ Fujitsu in November 2016. This initiative is aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion amongst its 350 strong workforce. The network aims to get both sexes discussing the issues of working in male dominated industries. It is their hope that this network will serve as a launch pad for our employees to build on their success to date and ultimately reach their full potential, influencing and affecting change at the highest levels. A key objective for Fujitsu Ireland’s network is to be ‘the place where women come to succeed’ so that Fujitsu Ireland can support our members to relate, grow and thrive from our pre-arranged events. This influences all that Fujitsu Ireland does and has led Fujitsu Ireland to set up quarterly feedback sessions via online surveys.

Vodafone Ireland – Inclusive Talent Acquisition and Development to create a sustainable diverse and inclusive workplace

This programme sought to address the short and long term need to build a diverse and inclusive workplace through talent acquisition and development. Vodafone Ireland took a systemic approach to building diversity and inclusion into talent practices through process, technology and development programmes. This initiative included limiting bias in talent acquisition practices, creating inclusive programmes for flexible working and returner programmes and investing in skills for younger generations. This has allowed Vodafone Ireland to take a sustainable approach in ensuring it continues to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, one that helps achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.

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