Inclusion matters to us because we want our customers and colleagues to feel valued and welcome when they’re being themselves. We know that diverse organisations understand their customers better, and make better decisions.
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 our colleagues 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, which gives colleagues 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 Focused Women, and all colleagues are welcome to join.
You can read about a selection of our employee 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 internal employee networks
The Focused Women's Network was launched in 2007 to support us in attracting, retaining and developing talented female members of staff. The Network is open to all colleagues regardless of sex or gender identity, and provides opportunities to network both inside and outside the bank. Our members also have the chance to get involved in activities to challenge themselves, excel and develop.
The 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 by two employees in 2005. We’re run by volunteers, and use our influence to make sure RBS provides the right services to customers, colleagues and communities.
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.
Our external partners
The strong links we’ve developed with leading diversity organisations means we can draw on their expertise and connections, and allow us to support their causes.
A not-for-profit membership organisation for employers committed to creating inclusive workplaces for women.More information
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.Read 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. Our Diversity Champions programme is a forum for sharing best practice for sexual orientation equality in the workplace. With over 700 members, it is 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. We campaign for real practical change across the Protected Characteristics.More about enei
Business Disability Forum
We build disability-smart organisations to improve business performance by increasing confidence, accessibility, productivity and profitability. We do this by bringing 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, to society and to economic growth.Find out more
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
The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant
The 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 are 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-friendly organisation