Handelsbanken’s operations are based on respect for the individual, both customers and employees. Working to achieve gender equality, diversity and inclusion is part of our fundamental values. To co-ordinate and clarify our position, the Group-wide Diversity Council forum, which consists of participants from the senior management teams of all home markets, Capital Markets, Group IT and Group HR, has developed a framework that we now have published.
Gender equality, diversity and inclusion strengthen the Bank
Framework for gender equality, diversity and inclusion
Magnus Ericson, Chief HR Officer
-These are important issues for us at the Bank. In addition to strengthening our corporate culture and our business, they’re also about how we treat people on a day-to-day basis, says the Bank’s Chief HR Officer, Magnus Ericson.
-I hope this makes us even more transparent about where we stand, and that this can create added value for employees and customers alike, says Magnus Ericson.
Based on Agenda 2030
Our work with gender equality, diversity and inclusion is also an important sustainability matter. Much of the Bank’s work is based on Agenda 2030, which consists of 17 global goals for sustainable development, with the aim of eradicating poverty, stopping climate change, and creating safe, peaceful societies.
Camilla Johansson, acting Head of Sustainability:
-Goal 5, gender equality, is one of the global goals where we have the greatest opportunity to make a difference, both within our operations and through our business relationships, says Camilla Johansson, the Bank’s Acting Chief Sustainability Officer.
One goal that the Bank is working with is Goal 10, reducing inequality, which is about an equal society based on everyone having equal rights and opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, functional impairments, age, etc.
-The work with Agenda 2030 gives our sustainability activities an even clearer focus and objective. This includes working with and being open about questions of gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Our activities are to be based on our role as an employer, but also on the perspective of our customers and the community as a whole, says Camilla Johansson.