RBS and You
At RBS we believe that life needn't be a balancing act. Thousands of people work for us around the globe, yet we recognise each and every one of them as an individual and value their differences. Across our business a diverse range of skills, beliefs, backgrounds and personalities all come together to form an inspiring, inclusive culture where work and life don't simply balance, but exist in harmony together.
RBS is one of the world's largest banking and financial institutions, operating a family of brands that includes The Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Coutts, Direct Line and Churchill. From major corporations and institutional customers to personal high street banking, we provide a wide range of products and services to over 40 million people. So naturally, we know that success comes through respecting diversity and celebrating individuality.
In order to continue to build and grow our business groups, it's important to us to attract and retain the best talent in our industry, and do all we can to help them reach their full potential. That's why it's so important to embrace and support people's differences, whatever they may be, and give them the freedom to realise their goals, both in and out of work.
We do this by listening to the thoughts and opinions of our employees. 'Your Feedback', our annual confidential group-wide survey, tells us what really counts to everyone across the RBS Group, and provides the knowledge required to help our people manage their priorities. And by considering the great range of lifestyles and personal circumstances found in our workforce, we've put together a package of flexible benefits designed to support everyone.
Our Focused Woman Network (FWM) throughout the UK has promoted industry-leading gender equality by inspiring and motivating women throughout the group, providing more opportunities for personal and professional development than ever before. Through events like networking conferences and personal development sessions, we aim to ensure that nothing comes between the ambitions of our workforce and the reality of success.
In addition to the financial rewards of working for RBS Group, we offer a customisable benefits package called 'Your Choice'. By allowing people to tailor their rewards to suit their own work and life priorities, we've created a culture of diversity that is reflected in our work.
Learning and development programmes and professional services are available for everyone, providing a platform to move their careers to the next level. But we also understand that time is precious, and it's not all work, work, work. Flexibility is the most important element of Your Choice, and we offer people the chance to manage their working life through parental leave, job sharing or even offering taking time out from their careers. We can support people's childcare needs, give them time to manage family matters or the tools they need to plan for the future.
Our promotion of diversity has been recognised throughout the financial industry and beyond. We're proud to have been recognised in a number of diversity categories, and of the awards we've won for providing opportunities to all. These have included:
- Gold Standard Award from Opportunity Now (2008-2009)
- Gold Standard Award from Employers' Forum on Disability (2008)
- Gold Standard Award in the Race for Opportunity benchmarking and first place ranking within the Financial Services sector (2009)
- Shortlisted in three award categories for the Women in Banking & Finance Awards for Achievement (2009)
- Placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Workplace Equality Index for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people (2009)
- Placed in The Times Top 50 Where Women Want to Work (2010)
- Placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Workplace Equality Index for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people (2010)
But we're not going to rest on our laurels. Our global diversity and inclusion policy continues to evolve, thanks to Diversity Leadership Programmes across all parts of RBS Group. These ensure that our agenda is put into action, and that there are clear lines of communication between all of our business areas and the people who make them work. Our Diversity and Inclusion agenda is promoted throughout the group through training and education, and a clear portfolio of talent identification tools means that everyone with ambitions to better their career is recognised and supported, no matter who they are.