“We are proud to join Stonewall’s diversity programme because we want to be a bank where everyone has the same opportunities and feels free to be who they are. Through their programme, we will have access to best practice tools such as support, webinars and guides which we will use to, for instance, increase knowledge about LGBT+ topics in the organisation and to make sure our policies are fully inclusive,” says Betina Dam Hansen, who is Diversity & Inclusion Group Lead at Danske Bank.
Kate Williams, Head of Workplace at Stonewall, is also looking forward to the collaboration.
“We are delighted to be further developing our relationship with Danske Bank and welcome them to our Global Diversity Champions programme. The more organisations that stand up for equality, the sooner our workplaces and communities become places that accept and support LGBT+ people. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Danske Bank to create an LGBT+ inclusive environment for their staff and customers.”
From Northern Ireland to group-wide collaboration
The bank’s decision to become a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion is inspired by Northern Ireland where Danske Bank became a Stonewall Diversity Champion last year.
“Collaborating with Stonewall in Northern Ireland has been really great. It helped us embed LGBT+ inclusion further into our organisation by enabling us to benchmark our Diversity and Inclusion approach and prioritise what we need to work on. This is great news, and I’m so delighted that the bank is now collaborating with Stonewall on a group-wide level,” says Donna Feehan, who is Rainbow Committee member in Northern Ireland.