Diversity and Inclusion Embracing and celebrating our diversity

We view diversity, inclusion and respect for all colleagues as critical to our future success.

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World Mental Health Day 2020

Mental Wellbeing is integral to our overall wellbeing. Our minds go with us everywhere in life – work, home and anywhere in between, so it’s important to take care of them. We’re living through unpredictable times, and it’s important to openly address the subject of mental health and actively nurture our mental wellbeing, not just against the backdrop of a global pandemic, but constantly. 

We recognise World Mental Health Day on 10 October as an opportunity to pause, reflect and take the time to check in with ourselves. Are we thinking about our mental health as we would our physical? Do we each take conscious steps to make sure we’re doing okay, effectively balancing our various priorities, needs and demands? If not, then there’s no better time to start a conversation, form a new habit of self-care and think about our resilience levels.

Supporting colleague wellbeing is core to our agenda and collective success as an organisation, because it affects everything - from our ability to adapt to change, relationships with colleagues, family and friends, our productivity, creativity and engagement, to the experience we give our clients. 

Take a moment to check in on your mental health and see #EveryMoment as an opportunity to build your resilience.

Talking about race

We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are able to fulfil their potential, through targeted initiatives including reverse mentoring, coaching and a range of development and community programmes. We actively support our Origins, Nationality and Ethnicity (ONE) employee resource groups and the role they play in providing a collective voice and fostering constructive challenge to ensure we continue to improve our inclusivity. We are having meaningful and constructive conversations about race as a starting point to continue to drive change.

We have developed this toolkit to assist organisations in initiating conversations and to create cultures of inclusivity.

How to be an Ally

Organisations play a key role in supporting and reflecting communities by expressing tolerance, understanding and listening to differing views. We want to enable our colleagues to bring the best of themselves to work and be appreciated for who they are to drive engagement, productivity, innovation and performance. To support other organisations in this journey, we have developed a toolkit supporting gender transition and inclusion in the workplace.

Each and every one of us can play our part in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.

We’ve created this toolkit on ‘How to be an ally’ to support you to help others to feel included.

Maintaining an inclusive culture is essential for employees to perform at their best and to ensure they can bring their whole self to work being an ally is a key building block in making this happen.

Learn more here

How to be an Ally

Organisations play a key role in supporting and reflecting communities by expressing tolerance, understanding and listening to differing views. We want to enable our colleagues to bring the best of themselves to work and be appreciated for who they are to drive engagement, productivity, innovation and performance. To support other organisations in this journey, we have developed a toolkit supporting gender transition and inclusion in the workplace.

Each and every one of us can play our part in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.

We’ve created this toolkit on ‘How to be an ally’ to support you to help others to feel included.

Maintaining an inclusive culture is essential for employees to perform at their best and to ensure they can bring their whole self to work being an ally is a key building block in making this happen.

Learn more here

Supporting Inclusion and Wellbeing

As everyone is experiencing this global pandemic in a unique way and whilst so many are now working from home, inclusion has never been more important. We have put together a toolkit to support organisations in reinforcing the importance of wellbeing and a culture of belonging during these uncertain times.

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Our culture in action A welcoming environment for everyone

We’re committed to promoting equality in the workplace and creating an inclusive and flexible culture – one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation. This in turn helps us to provide better support to our broad client base.

Read our Summary of Approach on Diversity & Inclusion

Our Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion – Dr. Maria Angelica Perez shares what attracted her to joined the Bank and why it is important to focus on D&I.

Our Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion – Dr. Maria Angelica Perez shares what attracted her to joined the Bank and why it is important to focus on D&I.

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Striving for gender balance

We’re passionate about achieving a better gender balance in our organisation and in the financial industry as a whole. That’s why we’ve pledged to help make our industry one where women want to work by signing the Women in Finance Charter. This means we’re committed to have women occupy 30% of the top four levels of our senior roles by 2020, up from 28% today.

We want to work together to ensure that we have an industry where women feel included and can contribute their best. By building a more balanced workforce, especially at more senior levels, we believe the industry will be able to unlock innovation and manage risk better.

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Our employee resource groups Connecting employees

When we say we promote diversity and an inclusive culture, we mean it. That’s why we have more than 50 local employee resource groups. These networks connect and support colleagues, including those who are impacted by disability, have caregiver responsibilities, or are members or allies of the LGBT community.

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Gender Equality Resource Groups

We invest in 20 gender related Employee Resource Groups across our footprint to provide a collective voice for action in country, share ideas on how to improve gender diversity and collaborate across our footprint. 

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LGBT & Allies Employee Network Groups

We strive for a safe, supportive and empowering environment for LGBT colleagues and clients. Treating people with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation – ensuring everyone is comfortable bringing their whole selves to work – is the right thing to do, and good for business.

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Disability Confident

We aim to be the employer of choice for banking professionals with disabilities. This means removing barriers and biases to attract the very best talent and also supporting colleagues with disabilities during their time working with us.

To support organisations identify best practice, we have launched our Disability Confident toolkit to provide practical guidance to advance towards disability inclusion

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Global Citizenship

We encourage different perspectives and ideas by welcoming employees regardless of their race, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. With more than 40 local employee networks, diversity enables us to positively impact our clients, colleagues and the communities in which we operate.

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Our workplace Recognising you as an individual

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Flexible working

Our flexible working policy reflects our changing working environment. We give colleagues more options around how they work on delivering for our clients – whether that involves working from home, part time or flexible time.

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Leave for new parents

Our parental leave supports our employees and their families around one of life's biggest moments – the time of childbirth or adoption. This includes maternity leave, parental leave for spouses or partners and adoption leave.

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Welcoming all abilities

Our aim is to understand what people can do, rather than being influenced by perceptions of what they can’t. We strive to be truly inclusive of employees with disabilities, to put in place scalable systems and practices for their needs. 

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Our Fair Pay Charter

Our Fair Pay Charter is a public declaration of the principles which guide our review and performance decision-making. We have ambitious multi-year plans to drive change in key areas, such as living wages. You can read about our alignment to the Charter and our achievements to date in our 2019 Fair Pay Report.

Global Standard

Around the world, as cities went into lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, mass efforts to save lives unfortunately put some vulnerable individuals at increased risk.

The UN has described the global increase in domestic abuse as a "shadow pandemic" alongside Covid-19 and it’s thought cases have increased by 20% as many people are trapped at home with their abuser.

We believe everyone has the right to live free from fear and abuse including discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. Domestic violence and abuse are unacceptable.

We have released a Global Standard offering a broad range of help and support to colleagues who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Understand more here.

International Day of Persons with Disability 2019

This International Day of Persons with Disability, we want people to remember that there is no single definition of what it means to ‘contribute’

International Day of Persons with Disability 2019

This International Day of Persons with Disability, we want people to remember that there is no single definition of what it means to ‘contribute’

International Men's Day 2019

This International Men’s Day is about highlighting our male colleagues who are making a positive difference and challenging archaic attitudes

International Men's Day 2019

This International Men’s Day is about highlighting our male colleagues who are making a positive difference and challenging archaic attitudes

Awards & benchmarks

Award/Benchmark Name 

Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Limited won 5 awards for setting standards for the development and implementation of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

D&I Vision, Strategy, Business Case - Best Practice

Benefits, Work-Life, Integration, and Flexibility - Progressive

D&I Learning and Education -Best Practice

D&I Communication - Progressive

Connecting D&I and Sustainability - Progressive

Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) conference 2020
Award/Benchmark Name 
2019 Working Mother & Avtar Best 100 Companies for Women in India
Avtar - The Power of Diversity
Most Inclusive Companies in India
Avtar - The Power of Diversity
2019 Working Mother & Avtar Best 100 Companies for Women in India
Avtar - The Power of Diversity
Exceptional Woman Leader of the Year in Nigeria 
The Great Place to Work
Gold Standard in the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index
The Community Business LGBT+ Inclusion Index
Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer
Global Compact Network South Africa
Best Private Bank - Talent Management and Diversity
Wealth Briefing European Awards
100 LGBT+ Executives
Outstanding LGBT+ Role Model
Top 10 Best workplaces for women
Great Place to Work
2019 HERoes Women Executive
2019 HEROes Women Role Model
2019 HERoes Advocate Executive
2019 HEROes Women Role Model
2019 HERoes Women Future Leader
2019 HEROes Women Role Model
2019 HERoes Women Executive
2019 HEROes Women Role Model
2019 HERoes Advocate Executive
2019 HEROes Women Role Model
2019 Equileap Gender Equality Global Report - Global ranking is at 44; UK ranking is 5th; Kenya ranking is 1st EQUILEAP
2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index recognised among one of 230 companies in the world promoting gender equalityBloomberg Gender Equality Index
Best Practice Award in Vision category and "Progressive" award in Benefits Category, Communications Category and Social Responsibility Category by Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark
Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark
50 Most Influential Women in Middle East Finance
Financial Times 50 Middle East Women
50 Most Influential Women in Middle East Finance
Financial Times 50 Middle East Women
Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
Human Rights Council Corporate Equality Index 2019

Insights Explore our inclusive world in action

Cybersecurity threats are much closer than you think

Cheri McGuire, our Group Chief Information Security Officer, and cyberpsychologist Dr Mary Aiken, on the evolution of cybersecurity and how…

Navigate the future | 17 Jun 2019

We’re banking on cultural diversity

We celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development by spotlighting some of our Chinese ‘corridor bankers’

Explore our world | 21 May 2019

IDAHOTB 2019: a celebration of inclusivity

We spoke to our colleagues Ravi and Dharm about their experiences as LGBT+ people in India, and their reactions to…

Explore our world | 17 May 2019

I feel like the skills I offer are taken seriously

Sankareswaran Srinivasan, an analyst in our Chennai office, lost one of his senses when he was just six months old…

Explore our world | 3 Dec 2018

#IDAHOT: Nobody should feel they can’t be themselves at work

Adrian and Raheel met and became friends through our Allies Network, which provides support for all our LGBT+ colleagues

Explore our world | 16 May 2018

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