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
Bank of Ireland (UK) plc is proud to be a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter, reinforcing our commitment to building greater gender balance and reflect the communities we serve.
The Women in Finance Charter is a pledge for gender balance at senior levels across financial services, and is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry. Signing the Charter is a public demonstration of our support for the initiative and our commitment to increasing the number of senior women in Bank of Ireland UK.
Bank of Ireland UK has a 58:42 female to male ratio overall. Our management and leadership population is 35% female. Whilst this is above the current 28% average seen across the UK banking sector, and close to the average target set by UK banks of 35.5%, we aspire to create an even more diverse gender balance at management and leadership levels.
As part of the Women in Finance Charter we are committing to the following targets for Bank of Ireland UK:
- 38% of Management & Leadership will be female by 31 December 2021
- 50% of Management & Leadership appointments will be filled by women by 31 December 2021
By making these commitments, we are adopting a sustainable approach that will allow us to focus on fostering our talent pipeline, encourage the full potential of all colleagues, and improve gender balance over time. We will report our progress towards achieving our targets annually.
Our commitments also reinforces, and contributes towards, the achievement of the Gender Target set by Bank of Ireland Group, which is that all Management and Leadership appointments represent a 50:50 gender ratio by end 2021.
In line with the Women in Finance Charter’s commitments, Neil Fuller, Chief Risk Officer is Bank of Ireland UK’s senior executive responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion.
We have a range of supporting initiatives underway, with more planned, including:
- Facilitating female career progression through personal development, talent, mentoring and sponsorship programmes
- Amending recruitment practices to ensure we have a more diverse pool of applicants
- Enhancing our family friendly proposition, including policies on flexible ways of working
For more information about how Bank of Ireland is addressing gender imbalance, take a look at our Responsible Business Report.
- 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 5 April 2017, 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.