15.03.2018

Martine Boutinet, Global Head of Human Resources at Crédit Agricole CIB, explains the Bank’s actions to promote diversity and gender equality in the workplace

Martine Boutinet, Global Head of Human Resources at Crédit Agricole CIB, explains the Bank’s Diversity Week and how committed the Bank is to diversity and gender equality.

What is Diversity Week at Crédit Agricole CIB?

Initiated by the Group in 2013, Diversity Week is now a yearly event at Crédit Agricole CIB, in France and around the world.

Every year, we organize over a week in our offices in Paris, London, Hong Kong and New York among other cities, conferences and workshops, open to all our employees, to raise awareness on diversity and gender equality issues within the Bank. These events are a great opportunity to develop our understanding of diversity and gender equality issues and to deconstruct stereotypes in order to enhance our open mindedness and reinforce the collaborative culture within the Bank.

 

What concrete actions has Crédit Agricole CIB implemented to promote diversity and gender equality?

For Crédit Agricole CIB’s culture to evolve and be more inclusive, we have integrated these issues into all of our HR processes and have been taking action for several years on different levers.

We raise awareness among employees not only during events like Diversity Week but all year long thanks to the Diversity Academy, a digital training program on topics such as interculturality and decision-making biases. In addition to programs that aim to develop the skills of all employees, we also propose some initiatives more specifically for female employees: back-to-work workshops following maternity leave, dedicated training courses, etc.

Managers also have a role to play: under the leadership of the Top management, each head of department has set quantitative targets to reach by 2019. In view of the demographics and issues particular to each business line, these targets may be adapted for recruitments, talent pools and the gender breakdown of their Steering Committee members.

In 2017, as part of our career management and gender diversity promotion policy, we have also launched a global mentoring program in France and around the world. The goal is to accompany 40 employees, known as “mentees” in their professional development and help them to be more visible thanks to discussions with their mentors, who are Steering Committee members from our business lines. Initial feedback is very positive so we will deploy the program on a permanent basis.