At Handelsbanken, trust, respect, empowerment and responsibility underpin our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture. To us, diversity and inclusion means that everyone must have the same rights, opportunities, and conditions to develop and contribute to the Bank and their own career.
A foundation of our success
Bringing together and valuing different perspectives is an important part of our success, and therefore closely linked to our profitability goals. We believe that having customers from a diverse range of backgrounds and expectations goes hand in hand with greater competitiveness. It drives innovation and strengthens our business. As an organisation that believes in having purpose that goes beyond profitability, we also simply feel it is the right thing to do.
We aim to recruit, develop and retain employees with diverse backgrounds and perspectives while also reflecting the diversity of the communities we operate in, enhancing our ability to even better understand the market and adapt to a constantly changing society. We take pride in nurturing long-term relationships with our customers, employees, suppliers and local communities.
We understand providing the right support for colleagues allows them to continue to develop their careers in a way which also helps them better balance their work and personal lives. In support of this, as of January 2023, we take a gender-neutral approach to our family-friendly offering. This means that all of our colleagues, regardless of gender or how they become a parent, will receive the same level of enhanced leave and pay. We’ve also introduced grandparents leave, because we know that many new parents rely on grandparents for childcare when they return to work.