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Galway Chamber has hailed their award for diversity and inclusion as a “starting point” in their efforts to “promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues across Galway’s corporate culture”.  This came after the Chamber received their bronze ‘Investors in Diversity’ accreditation from the Irish Centre for Diversity. 
In receiving their accreditation, Galway Chamber received the top grading available. The Irish Centre for Diversity praised the Chamber for having “accessible, relevant policies in place which represent many different aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion.”
They also noted how these many policies demonstrate Galway Chamber’s “dedication to developing and maintaining an inclusive, supportive culture and diverse workforce”.
The award report also said, “It is clear from policies and procedures that bullying, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated and any incidents will be dealt with seriously, swiftly and confidentially.”
Speaking about the award, Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber said, “It is great to receive this award as we have taken strides to enhance diversity and inclusion across the Chamber since we began this journey with the Irish Centre for Diversity at the beginning of the year. However it is a journey and we fully acknowledge that there is still further road to travel.
“We view this accreditation as the starting point and we will be continuing our efforts to further improve our practices and policies. As part of that activity we also want to be in a position to promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues across Galway’s corporate culture. Galway Chamber’s role is to lead on these aspects and we hope as our efforts to enhance our own diversity and inclusion activities progress, we will be able to encourage other companies across Galway to further embrace the importance of these values.
“That is one of the reasons why we are already working with the Irish Centre for Diversity towards the next level of accreditation. This ethos is also embedded in our Inclusive Pathways to Employment initiative, which Galway Chamber runs as a joint programme with Galway City Partnership.
“We will continue to share our diversity and inclusion learnings as well as the evolution of our policies and practices with our members and hopefully it won’t be long before we seen even more Galway businesses on the same path,” Mr. Deery concluded.