Danske Bank's new network will promote equal opportunities for all

Published on: 08 March 2022
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A survey done inside Danske Bank in 2021 shows that most people think it is a welcoming place to work, but there is still a lot to be done to make sure everyone has the same chances. Four women who work at Markets & Transaction Banking have started a new group that will provide support, advice, and ideas.

The women behind the network ‘Women in markets & Transaction Banking’ will create a forum for sparring and knowledge sharing with room to discuss complex workplace dilemmas, especially in relation to gender. This is to strengthen diversity and inclusion as part of Danske Bank's culture in order to retain and attract talent to the bank. “To create successful change, diversity and inclusion must be anchored in our culture and be an integral part of our decision-making processes. We need to talk a lot more about where there is need for improvement. With the network, we will seek inspiration internally but also outside Danske Bank's walls to help lift the bar,”

says Neha Singh, who is a Product Owner in the bank.  She has initiated the network together with Divya Raj Malemane, Chief Software Engineer, Natasha Rajovic, Head of Product and Strategic Pricing Projects, Pricing & Capital CoE and Sofia Gillian Kette, Senior Consultant.

Women and work culture: Women in Markets & Transaction Banking has recently held its first panel discussion under the theme 'Women and work culture'. Here, four senior leaders shared their experiences and handling of gender bias in the workplace:  Berit Behring, Head of large Corporates & Institutions Anne-Mette Momsen Fredslund, Head of Treasury Portfolio Management  Kirsty Louise Tones, Senior Vice President of Markets Front Office Lass Højlund, Global Head of FX Trading & Treasury Sales

Diversity and inclusion in Danske Bank: Diversity and inclusion is a key part of Danske Bank's plan to become a better Bank, and our goal is to achieve a women/men gender diversity by 2023 of 35/65% in senior leadership positions.   The agenda is the anchored at top management level, and at the same time more and more employees drive the agenda across the bank by taking initiative for networks and activities such as Women in Markets, which focuses on gender. In addition, there are Rainbow networks in several of the bank's markets, which are run by volunteers, who support the LGBTQ+ agenda.  The overall effort means that we currently have a women/men gender diversity of 32/68% in senior leadership positions.  So in that sense, we still have a lot of work ahead of us in the bank.

Source: Danske bank news

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