Diversity is a no-brainer, says Bank of America
“I can’t emphasise enough just how important – and real – diversity is at Bank of America. Everything we do in the company supports one of our core values: inclusive meritocracy. For us, diversity is all about inclusion. It is not just about gender. It’s not just about ethnicity. Here, diversity and inclusion mean respecting and valuing all nationalities, cultures, religions, sexual orientation, economic and social backgrounds and disabilities. By working with our differences, we can develop innovative products for our customers and a unique environment for our associates.” Geri Thomas, global diversity and inclusion executive from the Bank of America
Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Bank of America, Geri Thomas argues that diversity is at the heart of everything Bank of America does from internal hiring, business plans and products and services. More than 70% of the bank’s workforce are women, of whom more than 50% are officials or in management positions; and more than 50% of the workforce is comprised of minorities. Inclusion and Diversity dates back to the bank’s beginning – its predecessor, the Bank of Italy, catered mainly to immigrants and the bank’s first tellers were multi-lingual.
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