Diversity and Inclusion Embracing and celebrating our diversity

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

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

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

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. 

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

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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’

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Awards & benchmarks

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 equality

Bloomberg 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

#IDAHOT: I want others to feel as included as I do

Our UK LGBT+ & Allies Network co-chair Ben Cawley shares why he believes positive messaging can make a difference

Explore our world | 16 May 2018

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