During D&I Spotlight Week, Danske colleagues learned more about the Bank’s commitment to D&I, about the support systems in place, and about the ambitions of the Bank’s colleague-led affinity networks – its Gender Network, Rainbow Network, Enable Disability Network and Origins, its Race Equality Network.
Jenny Moore, Employment Lawyer and Chair of Danske’s Belong Steering Committee, said:
“Advocacy, allyship and accountability are just some of the themes we’ve explored during our Spotlight week. Of course, an inclusive workplace that really makes colleagues feel as though they belong, means different things to each individual. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work.
“Diversity, equality, and inclusion practices have to be meaningful, with colleagues heard and supported at all levels of our business. Creating a culture that fosters a true sense of belonging must be thoughtfully created, actively championed, and constantly evolving. We’re committed to that approach right across our business and our focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging is not a 'nice to have', nor an 'add-on', it is an absolute business and colleague imperative.”
During our D&I Spotlight week, colleagues at Danske Bank have shared their own reflections with us – and this is vital. Mark Johnston-Sheridan, Danske Bank’s Branch Manager, Ballymena explains:
“I feel that working in Danske Bank, D&I is at the heart of everything we do. Danske Bank is a place where everyone can be their authentic selves and thrive and I am proud to work in an organisation where belonging is our greatest strength. I am so excited to be a part of this journey as the diversity in our Bank embodies what we can achieve throughout wider society, bringing hope and excitement for the future.”
Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank added:
“At Danske Bank, we have a clear purpose – helping customers, colleagues and society thrive – and our Diversity and Inclusion strategy is central to that.
“While our new D&I policy is a sign of our continued commitment to this area, as an organisation we are always in listening mode, and our colleagues will remain pivotal in developing our strategy. They bring it life every day; D&I is truly embedded in our DNA.
“We’re proud of our passionate, focused affinity networks, who are empowered and supported by senior management to set ambitious targets, take meaningful action and report on progress.
“And diversity also makes great business sense - it leads to better performance outcomes for organisations, supports their safety and soundness, and promotes financial stability.”
Earlier this year, the Bank achieved the highest level of CORE – the Business in the Community Standard for Responsible Business, which includes recognition of the Bank’s commitment to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive culture for all colleagues. Danske also holds Silver status of the Diversity Charter Mark NI and in 2021 was listed in the top ten ‘Best Companies’ to work for in Northern Ireland by Best Companies.