Diversity and inclusion have a long tradition at Bank Austria. We firmly believe that diversity inspires and creates the right environment for innovation.

Therefore, we strive to foster a workplace culture that is inclusive and motivating.  
We also promote and put this diversity into practice internally, for example in the course of the following programmes:

  • Increasing the percentage of women in management positions,
  • Measures to facilitate a healthy work-life balance,
  • Accessibility measures, and
  • UniCorns, the Bank Austria LGBTQI+ network.
Leading in measures for people with disabilities
Listing in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index

We want to make a positive contribution and, in this way, promote economic growth and social progress. This is also why UniCredit joined the Valuable 500, a movement that aims to put the topic of disability on the global corporate governance agenda by gaining the support of 500 national and multinational companies.

Disability Management
Exactly 10 years ago, we decided to establish a Group-wide Disability Management department that is directly appointed by the top management to handle all matters related to employees with disabilities. For a long time, we were the only Austrian bank to have taken this step, and we also served as a pioneer for the entire domestic economy in this area.
Today, Bank Austria’s Disability Management department helps to raise the awareness of all employees for the needs and challenges of people with disabilities on a long-term basis. To this end, an internal network of 60 people works to optimally integrate employees and customers with disabilities into the bank’s day-to-day operations.

UniCredit was included in Bloomberg’s 2020 Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which tracks the performance of listed companies that have committed to disclosing their activities and to promoting gender equality through the development of policies, representation, and transparency.

UniCredit was included again in 2021, together with 380 companies from 44 countries and 11 sectors.

Inclusive Teams

We foster diverse and inclusive teams. The talent a person has to offer has nothing to do with their culture, nationality, ethnic background, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, or experience. We firmly believe this and therefore promote a work climate in which everyone can freely realise their potential and feel like they belong.

We have been committed to a fair and positive working environment for all employees for many years and place strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion. In 2010, the Bank Austria Rainbow Group was established, which even won the MERITUS Award in 2011 as an example of outstanding diversity management.

The achievement of our diversity and inclusion goals is supported through the following measures: 

  • Focus on how we address candidates with a new employer branding strategy and our commitment to ensure transparency in the advertising of vacant positions.
  • Introduction of several new training and learning programmes to help raise awareness and deal with the unconscious biases we all have, as well as promotion of inclusion and our most promising female managers.
  • Further development of our promotion and nomination process.
  • Continuation of our active support for the Disability Management Action Plan. In Austria, we have successfully supported the goals of diversity and inclusion for many years through various networks initiated by employees, particularly the Bank Austria Women’s Forum.
»We are committed to maximising diversity by supporting international collaboration and teamwork across borders and functions.«

In our journey to promote diversity and inclusion, we aim to recruit and hire candidates with different qualifications, support the careers of our colleagues, retain and develop them, strengthen our performance-oriented compensation systems, and foster an inclusive overall culture.

The more "diverse", the more flexible

Diverse companies can adapt to changing conditions more easily and quickly. Organisations that work with a diverse range of customers and employees every day are accustomed to dealing with cultures and needs that are continuously changing. 

Bank Austria employs people of more than 40 different nationalities between the ages of 15 and 65 and the most people with disabilities by comparison – who now make up 3 per cent of the staff within the Group as a whole. But we are by no means resting on our laurels – we aim to push these figures even higher and integrate more people into our working environment. There is still a lot of room for improvement, especially when it comes to the support for all LGBTQIA+ issues, which we intend to utilise and improve in the coming years.