Enabling colleagues to thrive.
We strive to ensure that our colleagues are engaged and have the skills and capabilities to serve our customers brilliantly and help our communities to thrive.
At the same time, we are working hard to make our workplace more inclusive and diverse where our colleagues can be themselves and perform to their full potential. We enable colleagues to support each other through a range of employee support networks and help them to manage their mental and physical wellbeing.
- Give Together
Give Together is Bank of Ireland’s charity and community initiative. Through Give Together, UK colleagues lend their support to our flagship charity or a cause of their own choice by fundraising, volunteering or payroll giving. In 2017/18 Bank of Ireland’s UK flagship charity is Alzheimer’s Society.
Every year Bank of Ireland colleagues have the option to take a volunteering day and to apply for funding to support it. The Bank also matches colleague fund-raising.
- Be At Your Best
Be At Your Best is Bank of Ireland’s professional career development and wellbeing programme. It’s about investing in our colleagues – helping them to be as professional, successful, happy and healthy as possible.
There are three pillars to the Programme; Career, Mind and Body. Each with their own activities that are inspired, designed and delivered by colleagues who have volunteered to Be At Your Best Champions.
Lap the Lough
Bank of Ireland UK has been a proud sponsor of Lap the Lough, Northern Ireland’s largest cycling event, since 2015. Since it began in 2006, Lap the Lough has grown from strength to strength with Bank of Ireland entering over 160 participants last year from Northern Ireland, Bristol, London and Dublin. The event is open to employees, customers, friends and family and support is provided throughout training.
The Head Shed programme provides the opportunity for employees to participate in an engaging and innovative set of activities and workshops from leading experts and academics focusing on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and at home.
A focal point for the initiative is set up in communal areas, where employees can meet to discuss issues relating to mental wellbeing. Promotional materials are provided that can be taken away, and employees are encouraged to leave their tips and comments on mental wellbeing. The full programme of events varies from location to location with the initiatives being led by local Be at Your Best champions.
- Women in Finance Charter
“The continued focus on our inclusion and diversity journey will ensure colleagues can be themselves at work and develop to their full potential while also attracting a diverse range of talents at all levels. We are committed to further strengthening our work and will continue to measure our progress against the targets we have set”
Neil Fuller, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of Ireland UK plc and UK ExCo lead for Inclusion & Diversity
Bank of Ireland Retail UK Division signed the Women in Finance Charter in March 2018, demonstrating our commitment to inclusion and diversity and pledging to increase gender balance in our Management and Leadership populations and across our industry.
Today we are publishing an update on our progress against our Women in Finance targets to December 2021:
- Increase female representation in Management and Leadership roles to 38%. At the end of August 2019, 35.5% of our Management and Leadership roles were filled by women – an increase of 0.5%. We have agreed actions that will build momentum towards achieving the target through to 31 December 2021 and so we believe we are progressing to meet our target of 38% by the end of 2021.
- 50% of appointments to Management and Leadership positions to be female. Since signing the Women in Finance Charter, 37% of our Management and Leadership appointments have been female. We are committed to increasing the female candidate pool for Management and Leadership positions. As part of this, we will focus on reviewing practices and policies that support this ambition (e.g. reviewing and launching key policies for unconscious bias, hosting events to raise awareness and highlight role models).
Developing our female leaders is a key priority and Bank of Ireland Retail UK Division will be participating in a Group-wide female development programme, Rise, which was launched in September 2019. We also plan to review our recruitment processes, including diverse interview panels, balanced candidate shortlists and unconscious bias training to help support us to remain on track towards achieving our target.
- Gender Pay Gap Report
We welcome the requirement for large companies to be more transparent on gender pay. As required by the UK legislation, we share our data for our two companies in the UK that employ more than 250 people, as at 2 April 2018, in our Gender Pay Gap Report.
Bank of Ireland colleagues got into the spirit of this year’s Belfast Pride joining thousands of supporters of all ages, creating a rainbow of colour and glitter on the streets of Belfast!
Approximately 50 staff, family and friends gathered together for a pre-parade breakfast and then made their way to Custom House Square to join the parade. The carnival atmosphere was in full swing with supporters and participants proudly displaying an array of face paint and fancy dress, waving rainbow flags and exhibiting brightly coloured floats.