Civil Service signs Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter

Date published: 21 March 2024

On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Civil Service is pleased to announce that it has signed Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter in support of its commitment to racial equality and wider strategy on diversity and inclusion.

Finance Minister Dr Caoimhe Archibald has signed the Race at Work Charter to champion and promote racial equality in our workplaces.

The Race at Work Charter is a charter to tackle ethnic disparities in the workplace.  It provides employers seven commitments to improve equality of opportunity for people from minority ethnic backgrounds in the workplace.


Finance Minister Dr Caoimhe Archibald whose department has responsibility for HR for the Civil Service said:


"I am delighted that the Civil Service has become a signatory of the Race at Work Charter. As one of the largest employers here, we recognise the important role we must play in promoting and championing racial equality and inclusion in our workplace”.


Kieran Harding, Managing Director of Business in the Community commented that,

“All the evidence suggests that those organisations that have a diverse workforce reap the benefits such as greater innovation, creativity, and improved productivity. Business in the Community welcomes this significant step taken by the NI Civil Service in further demonstrating its commitment to creating truly diverse and inclusive workplaces through signing the Race at Work Charter.  By signing the Charter and its 7 commitments, the NI Civil Service will play a leadership role in championing racial equality across the public sector and beyond.  Business in the Community looks forward to working with the NI Civil Service and its Departments in its journey to deliver against those commitments”.

Further information on the Race at Work Charter is available here.


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