Chloe Gillard and Orlaith Kelly from Version 1 are presented with the ‘Best Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – Large’ Award by Gary McDonald, business editor of The Irish News

Version 1 walks the walk in nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment

IN operation since 1996, Version 1 is an IT services organisation headquartered in Dublin with offices in Cork, Belfast, UK, India and Malaga, employing more than 2,100 employees worldwide.

It is trusted by global brands to deliver IT services and solutions which drive customer success, and its customers include top global banks, many FTSE 100 listed companies in the financial services, utilities and commercial sectors as well as public sector organisations across local and central government.

The mission of Version 1’s award winning diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs) team is to create a diverse workplace where differences are embraced, and everyone feels that they belong.

The focus areas for the firm’s DIBs team have been enhancing that sense of belonging particularly in this new hybrid environment, alongside cultural, gender, LGBTQ+ equality.

Some of Version 1’s initiatives have included a spotlight in female careers, supporting diverse events from Girls Who Code, School Reach Out, Women’s ReBoot, sponsoring the Women In Tech Initiative at the Women in Tech Awards and STEM Ambassador Programme to Women in IT.

The work the company does within diversity, inclusion and belonging has resulted in it being recognised externally.

In addition to its long tenure as a Great Place to Work, it has been a bronze winner for its DIB strategy in the IHR Awards 2020, short-listed as International Diverse Company of the Year at the Diversity in Tech Awards 2020, and short-listed for the Diversity and Inclusion Category at the CIPD Ireland HR Awards.

“We believe that nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment is essential to achieving a workplace in which every employee feels that they belong and can be themselves,” the company says.

As a multi-cultural and global organisation with over 47 nationalities, it genuinely walks the walk in nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment where every employee feels they belong and can be themselves. It shows it cares, and can be counted on

“Our inclusive environment means always challenging ourselves and others to do better for each other and our customers, committing to excellence and not making excuses – which results in a workplace where everyone feels included, heard, and can truly be themselves, as exemplified in us retaining our Great Place to Work accreditation 10 years in a row and continuously voted as a Great Place to Work for Women.

“Our commitment to ensuring that the diversity and inclusivity that we promote, is central not only to achieving and maintaining our goals as a business, but also to make sure that our people feel that they belong.

“This has been proven through our employee engagement. With an average of 98 per cent of our organisation believe they are treated fairly regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation; and 94 per cent of our organisation believe they are treated as a full member of our organisation, regardless of position.

“This commitment has been cemented with our recent appointment of a full-time diversity, inclusion and belonging manager to aid us drive strategic direction in our DIB work and ensure that DIB is embedded into the core of organisation and a lens placed on everything we do.”