One of the best Diversity Employers
At National Bank, we value the unique strengths and skills of each of our employees, and leverage this diversity to build a strong, talented team. At National Bank, diversity is a daily way of life, as evidenced by our being named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers¹ for several years running.
A real commitment
We are fully committed to being an inclusive organization where employees of any age, sex, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity are accepted. Over the years, we have developed inclusiveness programs aiming to integrate members of 5 groups:
- Visible minorities
- Persons with disabilities
- Aboriginal persons
- The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community
Together, our employees represent some 70 countries and speak 50 languages. The most frequently spoken languages are French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.
This cultural diversity is most certainly a benefit for our clients and an invaluable asset for our organization!
Working together for progress
We have reaffirmed our commitment to this issue by creating a taskforce of executives working to promote diversity. The group designs initiatives to allow the different sectors at the Bank to keep receiving support.
To ensure an inclusive workplace, as a complement to our corporate culture, we adopt a policy of measures to prevent discrimination.
We are involved in the community and participate in annual recruiting activities to attract diverse candidates.
I was born in France, with parents originally from Benin. I started working at National Bank in 2013 as an assistant in Operations. One thing really grabbed my attention: the Bank truly values our development, no matter what our backgrounds are.
I've been involved with the network of Diversity Ambassadors since 2015, where we promote employees’ talent and creativity through activities, initiatives and conferences. Today, I’m an advisor at the Operations Transformation Office and I’m proud to contribute actively to achieving our objectives.
- Félicie Hassika, Advisor – Operations, Transformation and Innovation
Welcome to the LGBT community
Same-sex partners have been covered under our employee benefits and pension plans for over 20 years. We were one of the first financial institutions to adopt this policy.
Some of our partnerships
- International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Encouraging the inclusion of people with disabilities
Our inclusion policy includes a wide range of measures designed to accommodate the specific needs of people living with functional limitations.
- Making ergonomic adjustments to workstations
- Improving accessibility at workplaces
- Providing adapted materials or modifying tasks
We have taken measures to ensure women are represented at the top levels of our organization. We are one of the leading financial institutions in Canada for representation of women in management positions..
Special programs for successors
Looking to the future
However, there’s more to be done as we further our commitment to diversity. We are proud to have a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. The diversity of our teams is a driver of growth and development for the Bank. We demonstrate leadership and continue our involvement in different communities so that we can make a difference.
¹ This competition, organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes 50 Canadian employers who have developed exceptional inclusiveness programs for employees from five major groups: women, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.