We celebrate difference
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.
Our efforts have been recognised. As part of RBS we are well represented across the major UK industry diversity and inclusion benchmarks. 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.
Ulster Bank is a fair employer; we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion; we practice equality of opportunity in employment. Most important of all, we operate the merit principle: we select the best person for the job.
Being inclusive goes right to the core of our culture
Our employee-led networks are important partners in helping the bank create an inclusive culture. These networks inspire our employees to develop and enhance their skills and build successful careers. Most importantly they are open to everyone.
And our Inclusion Champions initiative gives colleagues the chance to promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of how we work and what we do.
You can read about a selection of our employee networks and external partnerships below, or explore diversity and inclusion in RBS further by reading related articles 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
We have strong links with leading diversity organisations:
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. The Diversity Champions programme is a best practice sharing forum 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
Business Disability Forum represents some 400 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. Smart organisations work with Business Disability Forum to improve their business performance. We have more than twenty years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create confident organisations by improving the understanding of disability in business, removing barriers and making adjustments for individuals.Find out more
Working Families works with employers to create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.Visit Working Families