Our employee resource groups (ERGs) are strategic business partners in creating a work environment where the differences and richness of employees’ lives are welcomed and valued. ERGs are elective, cross-divisional, employee-led groups created to accelerate the advancement of employees from traditionally underrepresented groups, allies who support those groups and people who share a common purpose, interest or background. ERGs play a central role in connecting people, helping to learn from other experiences and identifying new solutions. Dedicated colleagues volunteer their time to collaboratively drive change, attract talent and engage in outreach with clients and communities. Depending on location, the ERGs currently support the following communities: differently-abled, families, generations, LGBTI, multicultural/people of color, veterans, women and men.
2017 was a milestone year for the bank’s ERGs. In Germany, Fathers@DB was created as one way to engage men in the bank’s inclusion efforts and help them to balance job and family responsibilities. In the US, the Multicultural Partnership launched three sub-groups (Asian Leadership Forum, Black Leadership Forum and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Forum) to better empower and serve these communities. For a kick-off event, the Black Leadership Forum and dbPride, the bank’s LGBTI group, jointly held a ground-breaking discussion moderated by Whoopi Goldberg exploring the intersections of identity that were raised in the award-winning film “Moonlight”, the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBTI film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Diversity and inclusion help us strengthen relationships with clients, partners and the communities in which we operate. With almost 20 years of experience in this area, Deutsche Bank contributes to actively promoting diversity and inclusion across industries and regions. For instance, we are partnering with renowned global research institutes such as Catalyst and the Center for Talent Innovation to help drive change.
In Germany, the bank is a founding member and currently management board member of the Charta der Vielfalt (Charter of Diversity) – an association under the patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel that actively fosters diversity in the working world. By signing the Charter in 2011, Postbank also committed itself to creating an open-minded work atmosphere where all employees, with their differences and commonalities, are welcomed and respected. Discrimination on the basis of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability is not tolerated. More than 2,700 companies and institutions – public and private – representing more than 9.4 million employees have signed the Charter.
In addition, Deutsche Bank is a founding signatory of the UK Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, promoting a more gender-balanced financial services industry, as well as the Charte de la Diversité in Luxembourg, the Charter Diversidad in Spain and the Manifesto for Women’s Employment in Italy. Most recently, we signed a letter of commitment with i-Gen, the Portuguese business forum for gender diversity.