A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are crucial to our long-term success. That's because, in our experience, teams with diversity in gender, race, age, ethnicity, education, background, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. better understand and relate to our equally diverse clients’ needs. Likewise, diversity of thought, opinion and experience helps us make better decisions and be more innovative, while an inclusive work environment attracts high-quality people and makes the firm a better place to work for everyone.
At UBS, we take a broad approach to diversity. We focus on gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, and mental health, among other aspects, with inclusive leadership and increased representation of diverse-heritage employees becoming more prominent in recent years. In the near term, however, increasing gender diversity remains our highest strategic priority. We have a clear mandate to hire, promote and retain more women across the firm, especially in management roles. For more on this topic, including our award-winning UBS Career Comeback program, see the "Gender balance" tab.
Every year, we sponsor numerous activities to promote inclusiveness. Our 43 employee networks regularly host events on gender, culture, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ / Pride, disability, veterans, parenting, elder care and other topics. We're a strong supporter of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business anti-discrimination guidelines, and a signatory to the UK government's Women in Finance Charter. And, as always, we are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all employees.
What inclusion means to us.
"Diversity and inclusion are not just about doing the right thing – it's also about hiring and retaining the best talent, and about sustaining our collaborative, inclusive culture."
Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer
"Without a doubt, companies with diverse and inclusive cultures are more innovative, provide better service to clients and are better places for everyone to work."