By Collins Nweze
Sterling Bank Plc has reaffirmed its commitment and support in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
The bank, which is a Great Place to Work, restated the gains of creating an inclusive workplace that fosters a sense of belonging to its workforce.
The bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar Suleiman, said the lender will continue to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda by creating equal working conditions, opportunities for promotion, equal pay for work, equal value for women and men at Sterling.
He said the bank will continually promote processes and programmes that provide equal possible outcomes for every individual in its workplace by improving gender, ethnicity, support for persons with disabilities, and generational diversity.
“I am proud of our achievements so far, but we are relentless. We remain committed to attracting, hiring, and developing diverse talents at all levels of our organization as these are relevant factors that enable us to achieve our overall objectives. Gender equity across all levels is a key component of our diversity strategy,” he said.
Suleiman said the bank will continue to deliver the best services to its customers and better experiences for its employees.
“We will continually address systemic barriers embedded within policies, practices, and services that inadvertently exclude individuals in any form. I am certain that we are on the path to creating important and long-lasting change in our workplace, communities, and country at large,” he said.
He disclosed that Sterling Bank initiated programmes like the Bloom Network, Sterling Women Development Programme (SWDP), Women in Banking, Girls in Tech, Women Techsters, and Sterling Embrace to to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion.
He said that through these programmes, efforts were made to eliminate the under-representation of women in all areas, especially in tech roles and leadership, and create expressions for persons with disabilities.
The bank’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Temi Dalley, said: “Our affirmative action on diversity, equity, and inclusion is another example of Sterling Bank putting its values into action. Our purpose is enriching lives, making it mandatory for us to build a sustainable, diversified, engaged, and equipped workforce that can deliver this mission.
According to Temi, Sterling Bank has put in place the appropriate infrastructure for eliminating workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment thereby fast-tracking gender equity in the workplace. They include appropriate framework to promote work-life balance, responsive whistle-blowing channels, diversity and inclusion Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for line managers.
The bank said that diversity, equity, and inclusion ensure fair treatment and opportunity for all. These values aim to eradicate prejudice and discrimination based on individual or group protected characteristics while offering a broader talent pool, robust perspectives, and sustainable growth.