Northern Ireland Office: Board Level Diversity Champions

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how Board Level Diversity Champions were appointed for the Northern Ireland Office; by whom; according to what criteria; and when.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, House of Lords, Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Permanent Secretary and other members of the Northern Ireland Office's departmental board volunteered to be diversity champions for underrepresented groups in the NIO. This supports the NIO's strategic approach to improving diversity and equality in the department. There are board-level champions for lesbian, gay and transgender staff; black and ethnic-minority staff; disabled staff and staff with caring responsibilities. Two members of the board also co-chair the NIO's Diversity Steering Group.

I was delighted that the NIO was shortlisted for the Business in the Community Responsible Employer award 2009, partly in recognition of the department's diversity agenda.

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