Barclays - champion of race equality

Barclays is a major global financial services organisation engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

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At Barclays, we are committed to hiring, promoting and rewarding talented people who bring unique and innovative ideas to the table.  From the boardroom to our branches, it’s about creating an inclusive culture where everyone works together to deliver the right solutions for our customers and clients.  Barclays has a history of being first - we employed the UK's first female branch manager, were the first bank in the US to equalise employee medical benefits for same-sex couples and have committed to broadening accessibility through the deployment of over 4000 talking ATMs for customers with impaired vision. 

Our aim is to attract, support and develop diverse talent.  To achieve this goal, we have identified three main areas of impact - maintaining an ongoing positive climate of inclusion and engagement, increasing representation of women and under-represented populations at Vice President and above levels, and increasing external recognition as a global employer of choice.

To help set the tone for the organisation, our Executive Committee members drive ownership for diversity and inclusion within their functions and take individual roles in global strategy, programming, progress and results.  Businesses are supported by Employee Network Groups (ENGs), which provide an opportunity for everyone to be involved in the diversity strategy.   These forums support business and inclusion goals throughout the organisation.  They focus on raising awareness, providing networking and professional development opportunities to their membership, and partnering with external organisations through community outreach. 

We currently operate seven ENGs – including the Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) and the Women’s Initiatives Network (WiN) - which function globally across the firm and have a combined membership of over 25,000 employees.  Our Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) was recognised as Private Sector Employee Network of the year at the 2012 Race for Opportunity Awards.  This win highlights our Life Cycle approach to mentoring diverse talent from primary school through university and finally as employees. [Link to

 In support of Barclays global diversity strategy we host a wide variety of annual events.  Two of the largest programmes, International Women’s Day and the Women of the Year Awards, bring customers and colleagues together in support of our global gender agenda.  In 2012, these programmes involved more than 20,000 colleagues, across five continents, in over fifty locations across the globe. Barclays Chief Executive Officer, Antony Jenkins, personally hosts  both events.