As a result of our commitment to the UN Women Empowerment Principles, we created a unit exclusively dedicated to support and serve women and undertook strict measures to promote gender equality and provide a fair working environment with the aim of becoming the employer of choice for women, as such we:
Introduced a Grievance Policy to assist staff in reporting and resolving grievances
Extended the Government set maternity leave with a 2-month part time period with full pay
Introduced paternity leave which is not a government requirement
Implemented a recruitment strategy to ensure that more women join the Bank
Set a target for the percentage of women in top management
Adopted a 5th core value: "we promote gender equality"
Integrated women suppliers as part of the procurement policy
Established an internal female employee club to support each other (We Club)
Put in place a scorecard to monitor the Gender Equality metrics (number of women managers, salary equality, promotions, equal opportunity in employment, turnover, employee satisfaction survey...)
Adopted highest level of Emergency Response Plan to secure employees’ and clients’ safety.
Created a cultural change to instill We Initiative and support women's advancement in a challenging region and trained its staff to eliminate unconscious bias.
As a result of these measures, the number of our female employees increased from 47% to 51% since the launch of We Initiative.