Belfast Trust wins Gold in Workplace Equality Award

27/06/2011

Belfast Trust was one of 76 organisations across the UK taking part in Business in the Community - Opportunity Now’s national benchmarking survey to measure its level of equality and diversity in the workplace. The Trust, which obtained a Silver Award in the last Survey, is one of only 3 organisations in NI (and 18% throughout the UK) to achieve a Gold award this time.

With nearly three-quarters of women saying they still face barriers to top-level promotion in the UK and a recent report showing that at the current rate, women managers will not be paid the same as men for 57 years, gender diversity in the workplace is still a key priority.

Deborah McConnell, Campaign Manager for Business in the Community, commented, “We’re delighted that yet again our Northern Ireland companies are leading the way with some exceptional results. Congratulations to the Belfast Trust for its leadership in positively addressing diversity in its workplace. The true business benefits of developing an engaged and inclusive workplace cannot be underestimated and these organisations are ahead of the game and showing great examples of best practice in this area”.

HR Senior Managers, Alison Kerr and Louise Beckett, who head up the Employment Equality and Improving Working Lives teams in the Trust are delighted with the Gold Award. “Achieving equality, diversity and inclusion within the Trust is good for the Trust, good for employees and good for society.”

Pictured: Deborah McConnell, Business in the Community with Opportunity Now benchmarked companies - Sara Hunter, University of Ulster; Hazel Foy, Limavady Borough Council; Louise Beckett, and Alison Kerr, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Catherine Christy, Belfast City Council