Our vision is that that the Irish food and drink industry is the industry of choice for the best talent.


Our purpose is to advance the D&I agenda within the Irish Food and Drink industry focusing on gender balance first.


We drive awareness and influence and support the Irish food and drink industry on it’s D&I journey so it is best positioned to compete to attract the best talent at all levels and across all fields of discipline.


Supporting the industry on its D&I agenda


Formed in 2018, one of the first actions of the initiative was to conduct research to understand current challenges with progressing the diversity & inclusion agenda and measuring current gender equality metrics across the industry.  The results of our survey clearly highlighted the varying degrees of diversity & inclusion knowledge and implementation across the Irish food and drinks sector.  Based on the report results, a common toolkit was developed to ensure we enhance D&I capabilities across the board.




A Common Toolkit


This toolkit provides guidance on building the business case for your diversity & inclusion strategy and help in defining your measures of success.  It offers advice on how to implement diversity & inclusion considerations into recruitment processes covering topics such as:

  • Achieving a balanced slate of candidates
  • Writing a gender-neutral role profile
  • Interview techniques
  • Ensuring a balanced interviewing panel

The toolkit serves as a handbook to guide your thinking on talent development in all its guises: mentoring, coaching, training and creating the right conditions in your work environment to foster and nurture diversity & inclusion.




A Series of D&I Masterclasses

Ag Dif runs a series of masterclasses focusing on educating and supporting industry around various D&I areas.

Our next masterclass focusing on Overcoming Recruitment Challenges is due to occur on Oct 15th at 8pm in Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre, Millennium Park, Osberstown, Naas, Co.Kildare. Click here for directions


We have previously run two other Masterclasses:

The first looked at the area of Growing your Talent Pool, and our second masterclass focused on creating a culture of flexible working.