Deutsche Bank actively supports LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Trans- and Intersexual) initiatives around the world. It takes part in several external campaigns and events every year, with many activities led by or involving dbPride, the dedicated employee resource group for LGBTI employees and their allies. In 2016, this included IDAHOT Day (International Day Against Homo-, Trans- and Biphobia) in May, with employees in more than 58 Deutsche Bank locations across 31 countries participating. In addition, the bank sponsored and hosted a flagship event on the day: a global panel discussion was held at its New York offices that focused on “Multi National Corporations: LGBTI Equality and the Global Economy”.
Earlier in 2016, Deutsche Bank announced plans to freeze the expansion of its operations in Cary, North Carolina, as the result of state legislation which invalidated existing protections of the rights of LGBTI fellow citizens in some municipalities.
The bank has received various accolades honoring its commitment to LGBTI causes. For example, it was awarded the maximum score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index for the 14th consecutive year.
In October, the Financial Times newspaper and OUTstanding, a professional network for LGBTI executives, acknowledged four Deutsche Bank employees in their 2016 “Leading LGBTI and Ally Executives” lists. The lists, which are now in their fourth year, recognize executives who promote LGBTI inclusion within and outside their workplace.