Bank of Ireland proud to sponsor DCU Race Equality Guide for Hiring – supporting workplaces in Ireland to become more equitable
18 March 2021: The DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new guide to support employers in Ireland to examine the approach they are taking to enhancing race equality in the workplace.
The Race Equality Guide for Hiring, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, provides guidance, tips and insights on how employers can take action now in terms of removing the systemic bias that may exist in processes, practices and attitudes.
Speaking about the guide, Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion said,
“Ireland has become an increasingly diverse and multicultural society with over 18% of people from migrant descent. Diversity sparks innovation, and migrants bring a richness in terms of new perspectives, values and ideas– all of which are in high demand by so many employers. However research reveals many challenges and barriers in terms of how fairly migrants are being treated through hiring processes and in the labour market.
“There is a need for employers to examine the approach they are taking to enhancing race equality and to take action now in terms of removing the systemic bias that may exist in processes, practices and attitudes in the workplace. Removing these barriers will lead to a stronger, more diverse and ultimately more reflective workforce and society.
“This guide looks specifically at the hiring process and has been crafted and informed by lived experiences of people in the workplace in Ireland. Our approach has been supported by insights from the participants of our DCU Race Equality Forums, specialist organisations, academic experts and employers. The content is intended to be practical and actionable, providing guidance on the measures required to provide a fair and equal process for all candidates.”
Matt Elliott, Chief People Officer at Bank of Ireland said,
“Bank of Ireland is delighted to collaborate on this project relating to race equality in the workplace. We are committed to addressing the key challenges facing society today and to building a fulfilling workplace for all. We want all of our people to reach their potential, and feel valued in an environment that supports diversity and inclusion. Our aim is that this guide will support our own endeavours to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace that supports our colleagues and represents the customers and communities that we serve.”
The DCU Race Equality Guide for Hiring sponsored by Bank of Ireland is the first in a series of race equality resources that are being developed to support workplaces in Ireland to become more equitable. It is available to download at the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion website here: