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Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Category: LGBT+ Network, LGBTQ Inclusion, LGBTQ Community, LGBTQ+, Active Inclusion, LGBTQ Equality

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We support our LGBT+ colleagues and families to help them thrive at work and at home. Being an inclusive workplace with employees of different backgrounds and identities strengthens our ability to understand our stakeholders and serve them well.

Like the people we serve, the members of our team come from every walk of life. This rich variety of personalities, traits and abilities helps us relate to our customers and communities while also helping us be a leader for equality at work and beyond.

We’re committed to cultivating a workplace where our team’s unique colours can shine — from being the first financial services company to provide full domestic partner benefits to helping shift society’s perceptions toward inclusion.

 

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Bridges to understanding and acceptance

We’re proud to stand alongside Love Has No Labels in a partnership focused on building a more inclusive world for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. Supporting the Love Has No Labels campaign is aligned with our commitment to embrace diversity and help build inclusive communities where diverse people and viewpoints can thrive.

 

Far-reaching support for Pride

We’ve been pioneering on LGBT+ inclusion for over 20 years, which has ingrained support for the LGBT+ community in our culture. Back in 1998, we were the first financial services company to offer comprehensive domestic partner benefits as well as to include sexual orientation in our non-discrimination policies.

In the decades since, we have continued to foster a culture of inclusion, served our LGBT+ clients with pride and been resolute in our commitment to the LGBT+ communities in which we live and work.

The bank’s Ally Program encourages our non-LGBT+ employees to unite in their support of the LGBT+ community, and it has more than 25,000 visible allies across 30 countries. Our team’s participation in annual PRIDE events is strong, too. We celebrate our LGBT+ coworkers, family members and neighbors within our company and communities from Boston to North Carolina to California and everywhere in between.

 

 

Other ways we promote diversity and inclusion:

  • The LGBT+ Pride program, launched in 2009, is a company-supported Employee Network that combines the LGBT+ groups from Bank of America and Merrill
  • Helping our colleagues work to erase bias and build greater understanding through global programs like our Unconscious Bias training (rolled out in 2013; 41,000+ employees have participated since) and LGBT+ learning, which helps employees better understand issues facing the LGBT community

 

 

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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