BEST DIVERSITY, EQUALITY AND INCLUSION - LARGE
Best Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (Large) winners Fibrus. Pictured are Jill Michael from award sponsor Fscom; Emma Wilson and Linda McMullan, Fibrus.
It’s full-speed ahead for Fibrus as it challenges the status quo in the telecoms industry
Fibrus is investing over £700million to transform the digital infrastructure of rural and regional areas of Northern Ireland and Cumbria by bringing in next generation full fibre broadband.
Currently employing more than 400 people, Fibrus is on target to reach one million premises by 2025, and they’ll be on course to reach this target thanks to their exceptional team that represents people from various different backgrounds.
Currently, 32 per cent of the workforce are women with the commitment to increase to 50 per cent by 2028.
Around 30 per cent of management are women and 14 nationalities are employed. Fibrus’ diversity goal is to bring balance to their number of male hires versus female hires and hires of under-represented gender identities by 2028.
The business is committed to challenging the status quo in the telecoms industry and aims to have 50 per cent female applicants within the next five years.
The ambitions of the company were rewarded with the Best Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (Large) award at the 2023 WEA awards.
In their submission, Fibrus said: “At Fibrus we want all of our employees to be able to come to work as their true authentic self, and to be accepted for that.
“We want to embrace each other’s differences and celebrate what makes us all unique.
“After all, this will allow us all to be happier at work, and more productive too.
“We’ve kept the conversion going internally on D&I since our company began in 2018, and recently we rolled out an online training course for all employees of Fibrus to complete, with the help of Legal Island, called ‘The Importance of Conscious Inclusion’.”
“Our winner’s commitment to reach a 50/50 gender split in the workforce by 2028 is hugely important in advancing diversity and attracting and fostering female talent.”
They added: “Fibrus’ commitment to reach a 50/50 gender split in the workforce by 2028 is hugely important in advancing diversity and attracting and fostering female talent.
“At all stages, our colleagues are induced, informed and involved. The team may lead, but they are creating a Fibrus for all.”