Bank of Ireland is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to championing diversity.

At Inspirefest 2018, Bank of Ireland’s Áine McCleary revealed how diversity is being embraced across all facets of the bank now and into the future.

McCleary said Bank of Ireland wants to be a national champion for diversity “to enable customers, colleagues and communities to thrive”. She continued: “But first, we must look internally and champion the wealth of diversity in the organisation.”

She explained that there are six diversity networks that have been established across the bank in terms of standards, behaviours and governance, including: gay pride, gender balance, intergenerational, multicultural, parents/carers and accessibility.

Not only that, but Bank of Ireland was awarded the Champion of Inclusion and Diversity in the 2018 Championing Diversity Awards, which she said was a “milestone in our journey to embed change and a sign we are moving in the right direction”.

The reason the bank is succeeding, she said, is because senior executives at the bank are sponsoring each of the diversity networks.

“We have set an organisation goal for 50/50 gender balance in all senior appointments by 2021.”


Words by John Kennedy