Inclusion

Inclusion matters to us because we want you to feel valued and welcome when you’re being yourself.

We know that diverse organisations understand their customers better and make better decisions, so we’re committed to creating an environment where you can thrive.

Being inclusive goes right to the core of our culture. We’re the only organisation to have featured on the Times list of Top Employers for Women every year since it was launched, and we’re regularly in the top 30% of the Stonewall workplace equality index. 87% of you tell us we’re already doing a good job of supporting diversity, and we’re determined to do more.

In 2016 we launched an Inclusion Champions initiative, giving all of us the chance to promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of how we work and what we do. Our employee-led networks are also continuing to educate and drive the inclusion conversation. They include two of the largest employee networks in the UK, Rainbow and RBS Women Network, and you’re all welcome to join.

You can read about a selection of our internal networks and external partnerships below. And if you want to explore diversity and inclusion in RBS further, you can find a selection of articles on the topic on our blog.

Our Networks

We have a range of employee-led networks in place which you’re all welcome to join – two of the largest are Rainbow and RBS Women Network.

Inclusion matters to us because we want you to feel valued and welcome when you’re being yourself. In 2016 we launched the Inclusion Champions initiative, which gives you the chance to promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of how we work and what we do.

RBS Women

The RBS Women Network was launched in 2017, bringing together the bank’s various gender networks under one overarching banner including Focused Women, Women in Technology, Coutts Women’s Network, Compass and Business Women Can. The network’s aim is to attract, retain and develop talented female members of staff and we support the bank’s aspiration to have a fully gender balanced workforce by 2030. RBS Women is open to all colleagues regardless of sex or gender identity, and provides high quality personal development training, internal and external networking opportunities, and access to senior leaders and mentoring. We ensure female talent and successes are recognised internally and externally and promote RBS as an inclusive and attractive place for women to work.

RBS Rainbow Network

The Rainbow Network has been providing insight, education and support to help members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community since it was founded in 2005. We’re run by volunteers, and use our influence to make sure RBS provides the right services to customers, colleagues and communities, while seeking to improve RBS as an employer of choice for LGBT staff and allies.

Enable

We believe that, by promoting awareness of disability and its impact, we can create a better bank for colleagues, customers and the communities we serve. 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 be recognised and valued for their talents.

Families and Carers

The Families and Carers Network promotes a supportive work environment to enable parents and carers to achieve a great work-life balance. We arrange regular seminars and webinars covering matters relating to both parenting and caring responsibilities. We also hold monthly coffee meets where our members can network with people in similar situations to share and learn from their experiences.

RBS Multicultural Network

Our mission is to raise awareness of cultural differences, enhancing RBS’s offering to our diverse population of employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are open to all colleagues, and proactively support in recruiting, developing and retaining talented people from all backgrounds. We also represent all cultures through celebrations, and raise awareness to help combat any potential barriers.

RBS Armed Forces Network

The Armed Forces Network provides support to network members (Veterans, Family Members, Reservists and Employees). Its purpose is also to support RBS plc to become the ‘No 1 Military Bank’ for customers, colleagues and external influencers as well as the development of the Armed Forces Covenant, and provide guidance to the Armed Forces Strategic Steering Group to ensure that the Covenant remains a ‘living document’.

Young Bankers Association

The Young Bankers Association (YBA) provides a platform for our members to develop themselves personally and professionally through a wide range of events and activities. We are passionate about growth, whether it’s through learning new skills, enhancing your internal network or mapping out your career path. Our objectives are always set by our members and focus on internal mobility, career development, effective peer networking and being the voice of our members enabling dialogue with senior leaders from across the bank.


The YBA is open to all colleagues from across the bank who are passionate about seizing networking opportunities and are determined to grow and develop their careers.

External Partnerships

We’ve developed strong links with a number of leading diversity organisations, so we can draw on their expertise and connections to continue creating a more diverse, vibrant and inclusive environment for you to work in.

If you want to know more about how our external partners can support you, you can click on the links below, or head over to our blog.

Business in the Community

A not-for-profit membership organisation for employers committed to ensuring that age, gender, race and wellbeing do not limit equal employment and progression opportunities.

More information

Stonewall

Stonewall is the leading charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality and has 25 years of success influencing policy and attitudes at home, school and work. With over 700 members, it’s the largest non-governmental intervention of its kind in the world.

Visit Stonewall

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. They campaign for real practical change across the Protected Characteristics.

More about enei

Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

Visit Working Families

Business Disability Forum

The Business Disability Forum brings together business people, disabled opinion leaders and government to understand what needs to change if disabled people are to be treated fairly, so that they can contribute to business success, society and economic growth.

Find out more

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

We are a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme award holder and Armed Forces Covenant signatory.

The Employer Recognition scheme, supported and awarded by the Ministry of Defence, is designed to recognise employers who are supporting armed forces personnel and their families.

We place a significant value on the role that Veterans play in shaping our organisation. Their work ethic, skill-set and capability to work under pressure are highly prized in an organisation that is going through significant change. We’ve a number of active Reservists in our organisation, whilst our pan-bank Armed Forces Steering Group has strategic responsibility for making banking simpler and fairer for the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to defend us.

We’re a proud supporter of the UK's Armed Forces and signing the Armed Forces Covenant is proof of our commitment to colleagues and customers with links to the Army, Navy or Air Force. Our covenant outlines how we support our military customers, colleagues and the wider military community.

For RBS, that means that we:

  • Provide access to financial services that meet unique needs
  • Support our colleagues in the Reserve Forces by providing bespoke policies including ten days paid leave to attend training – and additional unpaid leave when needed
  • Support family members, veterans and the wider armed forces community
  • Promote ourselves as an Armed Forces-friend
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