The Ibec Diversity Forum is a place for Ibec members to share best practice, learn about new initiatives or upcoming regulations, contribute to shaping policy positions and network with other employers on the breadth of issues around diversity, inclusion and belonging.

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There are a mix of practitioners in the Diversity Forum, some specialising in HR or Diversity or leading out on it for their organisations; others are CEO's or owner-managers; and some are simply interested in the area of Diversity.

The range of experience varies greatly from those who are leading and pushing beyond expectations in this area, to many others who are starting their business case for diversity or focusing on the building blocks to embed diversity. In the Forum we facilitate the sharing of best practice, encouraging everyone to ask questions, and empowering all participants to engage.

We invite organisations across all sectors and regions to get involved; currently, we predominantly see medium- to large-sized employers who have a particular interest in diversity and inclusion.

The forum meets about six times a year, with each meeting tackling a number of topics. Our 2023 meetings take place at 9:00 - 10:30, in Ibec's head office on:

  • 15th February
  • 1st April
  • 17th May
  • 13th September
  • 25th October
  • 5th December

The forum mixes external experts with practical organisation case studies, followed by open and frank discussions of the topics.

Some of the key areas worked on include: gender balance throughout the pipeline and at decision-making levels; mental health and wellbeing; LGBT+ issues including ally programmes and transitioning; racism; bereavement, fertility, ageing and the generations in the workplace.

We mix internal and external experts with case studies from various employers to enable Forum members to benefit from the sessions and consider what they can implement in their own organisations or add to the work they are already doing.

Recent topics include:

  • Understanding the experience of those with criminal convictions
  • Implementing race policies in all areas of your business
  • How to apply for reasonable accommodation grants
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Hiring people with intellectual disabilities
  • Understanding the experiences of people in direct provision
  • An employer's experience hiring people with criminal convictions
  • Overview of gender pay gap reporting legislation

The Forum is open to all Ibec members interested in progressing their work around diversity and inclusion. It is recommended that an employer nominates a D&I representative and alternate to ensure they are able to participate in as many meetings as possible.

To join please email:

Our recent speakers:

Pat Murphy

Retired Prison Officer, Wheatfield and Shelton Abbey

Paul Donoghue

CEO, New Creation Cleaning Services 

Claire Hayes

Interim Director, Employers for Change

Barbara Brennan

Team Lead, See Change