Organisations in Diversity and Inclusion

This section will focus on companies and large organisations doing interesting things in the area of diversity and inclusion in Ireland.


Nook Pod’s – Inclusive enclosed spaces for workplaces and events

Having grown up in Dublin, David O’Coimin relocated to Bristol and then to The Netherlands, where he now splits his time between. Having always had an entrepreneurial streak, in 2015 David set out to create Nook Pods. An inclusive space for meetings or a quite area in offices. Now highly successful, in some of the most prestigious offices in Europe and gaining market traction in the events market Nook … Continue reading Nook Pod’s – Inclusive enclosed spaces for workplaces and events

Alex’s Adventure – A social enterprise that gives non-judgemental drug education information to students, educators and parents

Having qualfied as an engineer, in Janurary 2016 Nicole and her families life was turned upside down when her brother Alex died of an accidental overdose. Nicole created Alex’s Adventure as a Social Enterprise, to give drug information programmes to students, educators and parents, as in her words “in the years I’ve left school the drugs have changed, but the education around drug use in Ireland hasn’t”. Nicole is … Continue reading Alex’s Adventure – A social enterprise that gives non-judgemental drug education information to students, educators and parents

With a new CEO and expanding programs The Dyspraxia Assocation of Ireland is heading in a new direction

The Dyspraxia Assocation of Ireland supports the 6-10% of the population that has the condition. Formed in 1995 the assocation is a registered charity and was created to raise awareness of the condition, ensure adequate funds are available to people with the condition, provide an information and sharing and support network, improve diagnostic services, organise meetings for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families. and provide a link to professionals, … Continue reading With a new CEO and expanding programs The Dyspraxia Assocation of Ireland is heading in a new direction

jumpAgrade a social enterprise creating a revolution in education by making personalised teaching possible.

jumpAgrade was created in Limerick through two friends Padraic Hogan and David Neville. The founders orginally started out with a mission to democratise the grinds turoring system to make it more affordable for all students, now their mission has expanded to creating a personalised teaching platform to reach the most amount of students as possible, we caught up with the team to find out more: What is jumpAgrade? What … Continue reading jumpAgrade a social enterprise creating a revolution in education by making personalised teaching possible.

BT Ireland – putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the heart of the recruitment and marketing policies

To someone who may not be aware, what is BT Ireland? What areas does BT Ireland specialise in? BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, with close to 100,000 people serving customers in 180 countries. We are also one of the leading communications companies in Ireland, retailing to large businesses and the public sector, and wholesaling to other communications companies. In ways the Covid-19 pandemic really … Continue reading BT Ireland – putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the heart of the recruitment and marketing policies

Business in the community – Driving Diversity and Inclusion Through Sustainability and Employment Programs

Business In The Community (BITC) has been operating in Ireland for more than 21 years. Through their low carbon pledge, matching businesses to schools and community groups throughout Ireland to drive CSR and employment programs for underpresented groups in the workplace. We got in touch with BITC’s digital marketing manager Nathalie Pavone to find out more: To someone who may not be aware of Business in the Community, what … Continue reading Business in the community – Driving Diversity and Inclusion Through Sustainability and Employment Programs

Stephen Kelly’s Ability Focus is spreading awareness of D&I through Disability Awareness Training Programs

Through the company’s online training courses MD of Ability Focus Stephen Kelly, is increasing the awareness of diversity and inclusion through offering disability awareness programs to public and private sectors. Now being fully remote, with clients such a government minster taking the training, the company is on a mission to address bias and create greater awareness of Ireland’s most diverse group in the Irish workplace. To someone who may … Continue reading Stephen Kelly’s Ability Focus is spreading awareness of D&I through Disability Awareness Training Programs

The Open Doors Initiative – creating pathways to employment for the under-represented workforce

Created in 2020 The Open Doors Initiative is an initiative of over 95 of the biggest companies based in Ireland and NGOs, who work with government to create pathways to employment for marginalised people, nationwide. Having just had their first AGM, CEO Jeanne McDonagh was delighted to report the company helped 2,300 people on pathways to employment and this number grew in one year by 600% to over 14,700 … Continue reading The Open Doors Initiative – creating pathways to employment for the under-represented workforce

Sui Mindfulness is using breathing techniques and nature to decrease stress in schools around Ireland

Derval Dunford Director of Sui Mindfulness is a pioneer in mindfulness and breathwork. She has helped thousands of people since 2006, has trained over 9000 Irish primary school teachers, and changed the lives of tens of thousands of children through mindfulness, and well-being. Her partner Mick Hogan also presents a variety of  nature-based workshops, walks and talks for schools, and other groups both onsite and on zoom. Since November 2020 Derval has used … Continue reading Sui Mindfulness is using breathing techniques and nature to decrease stress in schools around Ireland

Agri Kids – reducing farm accidents by educating kids on farm safety

After one of the worst years on records for farm deaths in Ireland in 2015 Alma Jordan decided to create her own social enterprise – AgriKids. A company which teaches farm safety to school children. Now a multi-award winning company, providing training, educational app and school talks to thousands of students throughout Ireland, AgriKids is one of Ireland’s top social enterprises. We found out more about Alma’s journey: What’s … Continue reading Agri Kids – reducing farm accidents by educating kids on farm safety

Under The Rainbow is doing diversity trianing with a difference through training and therapy

Describe Under The Rainbow to someone who may not have heard of it before? Under the Rainbow is the Diversity and Inclusion agent of 2021!  We are an award winning inclusive Social Enterprise focused on wellness. We help build an authentic workplace culture empowering people to be their true selves.  We do diversity with a difference as our training is based on psychology, sociology and equality. We have an … Continue reading Under The Rainbow is doing diversity trianing with a difference through training and therapy

Mother Tongues is working to promote multilingualism and interculturalism in Ireland.

Mother Tongue’s is on a mission to celebrate multiculturalism in Ireland. As part of this the team have create the Mother Tongues Festival which celebrates all the different languages and cultural identities that makes Ireland one of the most diverse places in to live in Europe. We caught up with Francesca La Morgia, Director of Mother Tongue’s to find out more: What is Mother Tongue’s? What is your mission? … Continue reading Mother Tongues is working to promote multilingualism and interculturalism in Ireland.

Ireland’s most successful fundraisers and voluntary campaigns during Covid-19

In 2020 Covid-19 saw the closures of schools, offices, businesses parks and any type of group events. This had a drastically negative effect on charities and not for profits and saw a detrimental effect on the communities of services they provide. However, a number of charities, people and families have come together to raise money for their chosen cause, raising a combined €24 million during this period. In addition … Continue reading Ireland’s most successful fundraisers and voluntary campaigns during Covid-19

EmployAbility Service, supporting jobseekers with disabilities and employers who seek more inclusive workplaces

Employability is supported by The Department of Social Protection. It provides job coaching on topics such as CV and Cover Letter building, job searching, and interview practise for people who have a disability and are unemployed. Through the The Department of Social Protection Wage Subsidy Scheme they can also provide a grant to employers of up to €10,748 to anyone who employs someone from the service for a contract … Continue reading EmployAbility Service, supporting jobseekers with disabilities and employers who seek more inclusive workplaces

IADT are offering a ground-breaking Masters and Post-Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In a first of it’s kind in Europe, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is now accepting applications for a Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We interviewed Dr. Therese Moylan Head of Department of Entrepreneurship at IADT and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the college to find out more about the courses: To someone who is not aware of it, … Continue reading IADT are offering a ground-breaking Masters and Post-Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Bank of Ireland; using Diversity and Inclusion to drive hiring policies

From having their own Employee Support Groups for gender, race, lgbt, disability and other advocacy groups, to having received the prestigious ‘Disability Smart’ accreditation from the Business Disability Forum, Bank of Ireland work with a range of outside organisations such as Ahead, Pride or The Open Doors Initiative which is one of the market leaders in Diveristy and Inclusion in Ireland today What’s your background, what did you do … Continue reading Bank of Ireland; using Diversity and Inclusion to drive hiring policies

Irish companies embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Education Sector

On average Ireland spends approximately 4% of our GDP on the education sector each year. There are more than a million people in Ireland in education at all levels. While the sector is dominated by the state in the recent past a large number of companies have started to provide additional services or reach out to schools to assist the students in their education.  Started by Alma Jordan in … Continue reading Irish companies embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Education Sector

Aspire Productions – Giving experience to people with Aspergers Syndrome

A sub-brand of Aspire Ireland, Aspire Productions is a social enterprise that gives real-world experience with the clients such as Bloosom Ireland or Specialisterne Ireland to people with Aspergers Syndrome vital experience, training and education in animation and creative advertising. Encouraging their employees to get jobs in the industry that is notoriously difficult to break into. We spoke to Steven Murray Business Development Manager in Aspire Productions and Melissa … Continue reading Aspire Productions – Giving experience to people with Aspergers Syndrome

Specialisterne Ireland – Proving the abilities of people on the autistic spectrum

How Did Specialisterne begin? The Specialist People Foundation, based in Denmark,was set up by an IT Executive, Thorkil Sonne in 2004 after his young son was diagnosed with autism. It has since grown into an international foundation, which owns the Specialisterne concept and trademark. Specialisterne, which translates from Danish as “the specialists”, is an innovative social enterprise providing assessment, training, support, and IT consultancy services, where most of the … Continue reading Specialisterne Ireland – Proving the abilities of people on the autistic spectrum

The Grey Matters Network – promoting the value of the mature employee in the workforce

We caught up with Tony Devine from The Grey Matters Network, to see how they go about advocating for the mature members of the workforce. Your workplace should accurately reflect the makeup of society and your customers. We’re talking across all spectrums here – race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background and education. Of course, a diverse workforce makes economic sense, and this is also true for age … Continue reading The Grey Matters Network – promoting the value of the mature employee in the workforce

Going Far is empowering non-nationals to open businesses and create jobs

We caught up with Talita Holzier CEO of Going Far, a What area of Diversity and Inclusion do you advocate for?All of them! I really believe that intersectionality is key when advocating for diversity and inclusion. I have always been passionate about it, being a woman in tech and also part of the LGBTQIA community. In 2014 I started to work on a project to promote inclusion to people … Continue reading Going Far is empowering non-nationals to open businesses and create jobs