WorldPride is here: How we celebrate diversity and equal rights in Danske Bank

The celebration of WorldPride starts today, and as a main official partner of the overall event ‘Copenhagen 2021’, we look forward to celebrate diversity with a number of exciting activities. Read more about the celebration of WorldPride and how we work with diversity and inclusion in Danske Bank all year round.

Today marks the beginning of WorldPride and EuroGames 2021. As an official main sponsor of the overall event 'Copenhagen 2021 – WorldPride and EuroGames', we have looked forward to celebrate love, equal rights, diversity and the right to be who you are with all our employees. 

Diversity and inclusion is something that we focus on all year round to become an even better workplace for all employees - regardless of who you are, where you come from and whom you love. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace forms the basis for better decision making and ultimately makes us a better bank.

Carsten Egeriis

CEO, Danske Bank


"Pride is a celebration of equality and diversity, and as a large organisation with thousands of em-ployees, we want to support that loud and clear and contribute to an inclusive workplace and a society where everyone can be free to be who they are. This year, I am particularly proud that Danske Bank is a main official sponsor of Copenhagen 2021 – WorldPride & EuroGames, and I look forward to celebrating the global event with my colleagues through a large number of activities driven by dedicated employees,” says Carsten Egeriis, CEO and continues:

“Diversity and inclusion is something that we focus on all year round to become an even better workplace for all employees - regardless of who you are, where you come from and whom you love. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace forms the basis for better decision making and ultimately makes us a better bank.”

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Celebrating WorldPride and EuroGames in Danske Bank 
Even though the iconic Pride Parade has been changed this year due to Covid-19, employees across the organisation, including a group of volunteers called Danske Includers, have worked hard to make sure that we can still celebrate WorldPride and EuroGames. More than 1,500 employees have signed up for internal events and activities, both physically and virtually.

Earlier this week, WorldPride was kicked off with a game of online Drag Bingo, and during the next ten days, activities such as a drag queen-hosted canal tour in Copenhagen, a Dance with Pride event, a 5 km ‘Run with Pride’ and inspirational talks will take place.

On 18-20 August, the largest ever version of the LGBTQ+ inclusive sporting event EuroGames takes place in Copenhagen and Malmö, and athletes on all levels are competing in 29 different sports tournaments. 26 employees will represent Danske Bank in events such as tennis, swimming, dodgeball and chess. Read more about EuroGames here

Moreover, 50 employees will contribute to the festivities as volunteers for WorldPride or EuroGames through Danske Bank’s corporate volunteering programme, Time to Give. It allows all employees across the organisation to use a workday on volunteer work.


Pop-up podcast studio during WorldPride 

Learn more about gender identities, pinkwashing and how to establish a rainbow network, when we present our new podcast series in connection with Pride. The podcasts are recorded directly from our pop-up studio in the Sports Village on Islands Brygge, which is a space for athletes and other visitors to engage in sports-related and cultural activities during WorldPride and EuroGames. To support the many good messages related to Pride, the podcast studio is available for other or-ganisations to use as well, and you can find podcasts from Danske Bank, Copenhagen 2021 and other organisation where you normally find your podcasts.

Diversity and inclusion on the agenda – all year around
In Danske Bank, we focus on diversity and inclusion all year round. We to want to grow a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the societies we are part of and where everyone has the same opportunities and feels free to be who they are. Becoming an even more diverse and inclusive workplace is a key part of our ambition to become a better bank for all our stakeholders.

Examples on our work with diversity & inclusion

Partnership with Stonewall


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Transgender instruction


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Scanning of job adds


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Equal rights for rainbow families


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A dedicated council setting the focus 



  • In September 2020, Danske Bank joined Stonewall Global Diversity Champion programme to strengthen the bank’s work to become a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employ-ees further.
  • In March 2021, Danske Bank introduced a new, Group-wide Transgender Instruction to support transgender colleagues and those transitioning at work. 
  • Rainbow families in Danske Bank have the same rights to maternity-, paternity- and paren-tal leave as other families
  • A D&I council and D&I leads are appointed in all parts of the bank to ensure that sufficient actions are taken to increase diversity and inclusion.


Diversity & Inclusion in Danske Bank

Read more about how we work with Diversity & Inclusion in Danske Bank.