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Inclusion

About Us

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.

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 Ulster Bank further by reading related articles on our blog.

Our internal employee networks

Ulster Bank Women's Network (UBWN)

The Ulster Bank Women’s Network was launched in 2015. The network’s aim is to support and develop female employees in Ulster Bank, ensuring they have the confidence and access to the necessary development opportunities to grow their careers. This network also supports the bank’s aspiration to have a fully gender balanced workforce by 2030. UBWN is open to all colleagues regardless of sex or gender identity, and provides high quality personal development training, internal and external networking opportunities, and access to senior leaders and mentoring. We ensure female talent and successes are recognised internally and externally and promote Ulster Bank as an inclusive and attractive place for women to work.


The Ulster Bank Rainbow Network

Our LGBT+ peer network was set up in 2005 with the objective of promoting inclusion for LGBT+ colleagues across Ulster Bank. We host regular guest speaker events, training workshops and plan our participation in Pride events, alongside offering any support for our LGBT+ colleagues within the bank. We work closely with our Communications, Marketing and HR teams to ensure LGBT+ inclusion is at the heart of what we do as an organisation. We are a proud member of the Financial Services Inclusion Network (FuSIoN).


UB Enable

The UB Enable network 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 Ulster Bank, 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.


RBS Multicultural Network

Our mission is to raise awareness of cultural differences, enhancing Ulster banks ’s offering to our diverse population of employees, customers and the communities we serve. The Network is 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:

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30% Club

The 30% Club Ireland officially launched in January 2015, with a goal to achieve better gender balance at all levels in leading Irish businesses. The 30% Club believes that gender balance on boards and executive leadership not only encourages better leadership and governance, but further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders. The initiative is complementary to individual company efforts and existing networking groups, adding to these through collaboration and the visible commitment of senior business leaders.

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FuSIoN

Ulster Bank are founding members of The Financial Services Inclusion Network, which is a joint initiative to promote and drive the inclusion of LGBT+ professionals across the financial services industry.

Stonewall

Stonewall

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.

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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. They 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. Ulster bank as part of RBS have the opportunity to leverage this expertise.

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