This means as communities grow and change banks need to reflect this. A vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce is a strategic asset for businesses and critical to succeeding in the modern market.
"A vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce is a strategic asset for businesses and critical to succeeding in the modern market."
Phil Chronican, CEO ANZ Australia
The business case for compassionate employee policies has been well-made. Companies that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion see a noticeable uplift in staff engagement and productivity. Research shows a correlation between the perception of a company’s inclusion and the overall performance of its staff. Yet it goes beyond that.
ANZ aims to build a diverse workforce that is representative of our customer base. Through partnerships like Given the Chance, our program for marginalised jobseekers, we can drive change and support those who may otherwise be disadvantaged.
In the same way, the financial sector must be committed to improving economic and social inclusion in the communities in which we live and work.
For the sector as whole, the value of programs like Given the Chance goes beyond the job skills and opportunities. It’s not just the participants who gain meaningful learning and development opportunities.
Existing employees gain an opportunity to be a leader, a coach, mentor and buddy – and the commitment our people apply to ensuring the participants feel fully supported goes beyond the call of duty.
For ANZ as an employer, the program has helped us grow and diversify our workforce and encourage deeper awareness of the importance of social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.