Diversity and inclusion
To deliver on this, we have separated our approach into two distinct pillars:
AWARENESS. This is about educating ourselves, creating a greater level of understanding and removing some of the unconscious bias that can hold us back. We are developing learning opportunities in collaboration with our ABN AMRO Bank partners that give our colleagues a greater awareness of the value of diversity and inclusivity.
EMPOWERMENT. We feel strongly that the best people to influence this movement, should be those people that are most affected. Their stories, perspectives and experiences will shape how we look at these workstreams, and what we do next. The ABF Diversity & Inclusion Think Tank is a group of ambassadors who meet to discuss internal and external perspectives, and to challenge and provide feedback on our ABF approach.
COMMITMENT. This is where we create process change to ensure that there is a shift in how we do things. This starts with recruitment in ensuring we have diverse applicants and interview panels, so that we get to assess new colleagues from a different perspective. It also allows us to define what skills would benefit ABF over and above the technical ones that are often the first to be considered.