Ten leading Northern Ireland organisations have committed to tackling the gender imbalance in their workplaces over a three-year period through The Gender Project.

Participating companies include: Baker McKenzie, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Business in the Community, Citi, Fire and Rescue Service NI, NI Assembly, PSNI, and Translink.

Achieving a more gender-balanced workplace creates efficiency savings, enhances employee engagement, boosts productivity, meets the diverse needs of customers and suppliers and improves brand reputation.

In April 2014, BITC’s UK-based Opportunity Now team carried out a substantial piece of research, surveying over 25,000 people – the largest ever UK study of women at work – which resulted in the Project 28 – 40 report. This report provided invaluable evidence of career hopes, fulfilments and challenges, providing compelling evidence of workplace progression and the stumbling blocks encountered.

The Gender Project has been developed in response to these findings. It is a unique business-led collaboration of companies committed to better gender balance at all levels of organisations. The Gender Project aims to offer a practical and structured approach that will support businesses working together to increase gender diversity, shift workplace behaviours and create enabling workplaces for men and women.

For more information, email Shelly Ovadia or call (028) 9046 0606.