We value the diversity of our employees and are committed to creating an inclusive culture. We prize fairness, want to attract and retain talent and enable employees to reach their full potential. So we encourage employees to bring the best of themselves to work, to recognise and celebrate differences and to be respectful and curious about diversity.
Our employee-led networks are important partners in helping the Bank create an inclusive culture. These networks inspire our employees to develop and enhance their skills and build successful careers. Most importantly they are open to everyone.
Whilst our company policies and practices across the world support and reinforce our organisational commitment, here in RBS India, our team members and businesses are very active in the areas of Disability discrimination and Gender respect & equality. For example, this activity has driven the establishment of clear and measurable objectives in areas such as male to female ratios across all levels of roles and committing ourselves to achieving a minimum % of our employee population to be filled by disabled colleagues.
Along side such business agreed objectives, we also support a number of employee-led internal networks such as Focused Women and Rainbow. These networks aim to support, inspire, lead, coach, motivate and create opportunities to fulfil employees' potential. They are organic in nature and evolve through the work and involvement of employees engaged within them.
A few examples of activities our Focused Women Network has arranged this year are a Women’s Wellbeing charitable initiative, ‘An Audience With’ Deepa Harris from the Taj Hotel Group, and Self Defence training.
Our internal networks
The Focused Women's Network was launched in March 2007 to support RBS in actively attracting, retaining and developing talented female members of staff. The network supports the development and career advancement of all RBS employees by giving them further opportunities to network internally and externally, to get involved in activities that will enable them to excel and challenge themselves, and to gain access to additional personal development.
We welcome men as members to the network as they can often provide support to women who wish to progress to senior levels, and for those men also wanting to progress, all of our development activities are relevant to both women and men.
The Rainbow Network
The RBS Rainbow Network was established in 2005 by two employees and has an annual growing global membership.
The purpose of the network is to provide insight, education and support from our unique position within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Through this we work globally with the wider business, enabling RBS to provide the right services to our customers, colleagues and communities where these services touch the LGBT sphere.
With commitment and support from our executives to help open doors and set the agenda, the network is run voluntarily by employees and has developed strong partnerships within RBS and with local, national and global LGBT organisations.
The RBS disability network was set up in 2013. We are a group of RBS employees who believe that, by promoting awareness of disability and its impact, we can create a better bank for colleagues, customers and the communities where we work. We're working together to help develop a truly inclusive culture within RBS, one that enables people, with all abilities, and those who care for others, to bring the best of themselves to work.
Families and Carers
The Families and Carers Network was established to support and enable parents and carers to achieve a successful work-life balance. We promote a supportive work environment which enables parents and carers to realise their full potential, to network across the Group and to tap into internal and external resources for development opportunities and advice. We arrange regular seminars and webinars covering matters relating to both parenting and caring responsibilities and hold monthly coffee meets where our members can network with people in similar situations to themselves to share and learn from their experiences.
RBS Multicultural Network
We are an employee led network, open to all colleagues across RBS. Our mission is to raise awareness of cultural differences in order to embed behaviours that allow business to be conducted ethically. In doing so we enhance the offerings to the diverse population of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.
We aim to:
- Proactively support the recruitment, development and retention of skilled employees from all backgrounds
- Represent all cultures through celebrations and raising awareness to help combat any potential barriers impacting us living our values
- Work collaboratively with our business to develop creative solutions that serve the needs of our diverse range of customers
Our External Partners
We have strong links with leading diversity organisations:
A not-for-profit membership organisation for employers committed to creating inclusive workplaces for women.Find out more
Race for Opportunity
A not-for-profit membership organisation for employers committed to creating equal employment and progression opportunities for ethnic minorities in the UK.Find out more
Stonewall is the leading charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality and has 25 years of success influencing policy and attitudes at home, at school and at work. The Diversity Champions programme is a best practice sharing forum for sexual orientation equality in the workplace. With over 700 members it is the largest non-governmental intervention of its kind in the world.Find out more
Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion
The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion is the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. We campaign for real practical change across the Protected Characteristics.Find out more
Business Disability Forum
Business Disability Forum represents some 400 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. Smart organisations work with Business Disability Forum to improve their business performance. We have more than twenty years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create confident organisations by improving the understanding of disability in business, removing barriers and making adjustments for individuals.Find out more
Working Families works with employers to create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.Find out more