Belonging, inclusion and diversity at Investec
In a high-performance culture, everyone must be able to participate freely. We work to create an environment where it’s easy for people to be themselves. It’s a responsibility we all share.
By focusing on belonging, we aspire for people to feel comfortable in an environment that celebrates their individuality and that of others.
We believe that inclusion recognises multiple types of differences, so everyone has a voice, feels connected and that they belong, while being true to their identity.
Diversity, in our view, goes beyond demographic descriptors. It’s also about identities, cultures, different perspectives and approaches.
Diversity of thought is critical to increasing our ability to innovate, adapt, and perform in this fast-paced world. We believe that more diverse groups will give rise to a more inclusive environment.
Ruth Leas, CEO, Investec Bank plc
It’s a continuous effort to make sure we’re mindful of our biases and are consciously inclusive. Part of our work is to help each other embrace opportunities to grow and thrive.
Zandile Nkhata, Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity lead at Investec
Making it a priority
A strong sense of belonging is not just a ‘nice-to-have’, it’s a business priority. We are committed to driving inclusive practices through a range of initiatives.
1. Speaking up
Encouraging our people to have courageous conversations.
2. Learning initiatives
Offering a range of learning opportunities for teams, leaders and individuals to support the belonging, inclusion and diversity agenda.
3. Organisation flexibility
Adopting appropriate guidelines and principles to promote an inclusive workplace.
4. Involving clients and partners
Forging inclusive relationships with clients, partners and communities.
5. Targets and measures
Tracking our progress internally and externally.
As part of the 'speaking up' priority, our four employee networks inspire and support our people to have courageous conversations:
This network helps us celebrate cultural differences, and create a workplace where everyone feels empowered, regardless of background. Its main aim is to establish a level playing field for the multicultural community to belong and thrive.
This gender-diverse group aims to inspire, empower and support female colleagues in achieving their full potential. It helps to develop and implement inclusive policies and to provide internal and external networking opportunities.
This group works to foster a safe working environment for all colleagues who consider themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other identities. It also provides support for colleagues with LGBTQ+ family and friends and advocates for equality.
This network nurtures a dialogue among the future leaders of Investec, in order to provoke and engage thinking around diversity and inclusion. It also inspires all colleagues to challenge the status quo.
Commitment to inclusion
We're committed to promoting greater gender diversity in the workplace. As part of this, we have signed the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.
To make sure that ethnic minority colleagues are represented at all levels in our organisation, we have signed BiTC’s Race at Work Charter.
To help embed everyday inclusion at Investec, we are members of Inclusive Employers.
We signed up to the Women in Finance Charter in September 2018. Investec Bank plc (IBP) had 19% female representation in senior leadership, while Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) had 20%, based on figures as of 31 March 2018. As of 31 March 2020, representation increased with IBP having 24% females in senior leadership and IW&I 29%. We are working towards achieving our 2022 commitment.
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Head of Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity
Contact us to find out more about Investec’s belonging, inclusion and diversity initiatives.
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