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Employee well-being and diversity

At Danske Bank, we to want to grow an inclusive, sustainable and engaging workplace, where we 
 

  • maintain a safe and healthy work environment
  • promote diversity and inclusion

Target & status

This target links to Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender equality.

  • 2023-target: At least 35% women in senior leadership positions.
  • 2021 status: 32% share of women in senior leadership positions. 

Safe and healthy work environment


At Danske Bank, we strive constantly to improve our employees’ working environment. Our approach is based on the principle that the prevention of adverse effects is more important than remediation.

Collaboration, support and prevention are crucial
For years, Danske Bank has been committed to an effort to maintain a healthy working environment and ensure job satisfaction among employees. We have set clear policies, we measure our progress, we collaborate with external partners, and we give our managers the tools necessary to identify and manage working environment issues before they become serious.

We have a long tradition of planning working environment projects in cooperation with employee organisations. This cooperation is formalised in our Works Council, European Work Council and Working Environment Council. The Group has working environment representatives at all locations.

The responsibility for the working environment lies with the local managers. This creates a stronger connection to day-to-day work and shortens the decision-making process. Moreover, all employees can influence the working environment where they work. The Group wants managers and employees to have an ongoing dialogue about the working environment.

We prepare managers for the task in a mandatory working environment course, and we offer various seminars and courses for managers to improve their leadership skills. At least once a year we conduct an employee engagement survey that includes a workplace assessment in order to gain knowledge about developments in the working environment.



Well-being and job satisfaction

We believe that well-being and job satisfaction are prerequisites for motivated and engaged employees. In our Work Council, European Work Council and Working Environment Council, we undertake initiatives to improve employees´ well-being and job satisfaction. We also involve our working environment representatives in order to prepare them for dialogues on these issues with managers and employees locally. Finally, we offer courses that help managers improve their leadership skills with the aim of increasing employee engagement.

Since 2007, we have had a policy on preventing and managing stress. We have also developed a toolbox that employees and managers can use to address stress-related issues, and we encourage managers and employees to hold dialogues on well-being and job satisfaction. The toolbox is available to all managers and employees electronically. We also have a new, improved hotline in Denmark that offers employees confidential support 24/7.

We have a collaborated with Danica Pension in Denmark on counselling for employees who have been absent from work for a long period because of illness. The objective is to support the employees’ full recovery and encourage them to return to work.

We offer various measures, including a hotline, workplace assessments and guidance on obtaining specialist assistance covered by the health insurance. Further, we collaborate with local authorities to establish special working conditions for employees who return to work.

Diversity & inclusion

We have established a D&I council and appointed D&I leads in all parts of the bank to ensure sufficient actions are taken to increase diversity and inclusion.

  • Danske Bank aims to grow a diverse and inclusive culture to mirror the societies we are part of and to create equal opportunities for our employees. 
  • Nurturing a sense of belonging is essential to us. When people belong, they are comfortable with expressing themselves openly, freely and in their own voice and feel empowered to make a difference. 
  • We believe, that a diverse and inclusive culture will help us unlock the full potential of our employees and to become a better bank for all our stakeholders.

Selected initiatives

We are working to reduce gender bias in recruitment by, e.g., providing recruitment training for managers, screening job ads for gender neutrality and ensuring a gender-neutral use of recruitment channels.

Experience shows that a more balanced gender balance creates diversity in other areas. We have a goal, that the gender balance in senior management positions should be 35% women and 65% men by 2023 at the latest.

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As part of our work with inclusion, we have implemented a Group-wide Transgender Instruction to provide workplace support for transgender colleagues and those in the process of gender transition.

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Rainbow families in Danske Bank have the same rights to maternity-, paternity- and parental leave as other families which is beyond the existing legislation in many countries.

Our employees have established internal Rainbow Network for LGBTQ+ and allies in various countries. 'Allies' refer to anyone who wants to support the LGBTQ+ agenda, inclusion and diversity in the bank.

In 2019 we sponsored Copenhagen Pride. In 2020 we celebrated Copenhagen Pride by among other things hosting internal events with speakers focusing on LGBT+ topics. In 2020 we also joined Stonewall Global Diversity Champion programme.  In 2021 we were main official partner of WorldPride and EuroGames 2021.

Selected publications and policies

Our Diversity and inclusion Policy forms the basis for our efforts to ensure an inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce reflecting the societies we are part of. In our Sustainability Report you can read more about our initiatives within employee wellbeing and diversity. 
  • 23. nov 2021Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • 03. feb 2022Sustainability Report 2021
  • 02. feb 2022Sustainability Fact Book 2021
  • 03. feb 2022Statement on Modern Slavery Act 2021
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Corporate volunteering

Employees at Danske Bank have the opportunity to spend one workday per year to participate in voluntary work. We call it ‘Time to Give’ and our employees are spending their time on e.g. cleaning up the nature, helping boys from vulnerable neighbourhoods kick-starting start-ups, and providing debt counselling for people with debt problems.
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