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Annual Conference keynote speech: sneak preview

Published: 6 May 2016

Marjorie Strachan

Here at RBS, we know that being an inclusive organisation is good for our people and for our business – so we’re working hard to make it a reality.  So I’m delighted that Working Families has invited me to deliver the keynote address at their annual conference on 12 May.  I’ll be focusing on inclusive leadership, sharing what we’ve done at RBS with other organisations like yours.

I’ll be talking about RBS initiatives to encourage our leaders to understand, engage and get the best out of all their people – to become a much more inclusive bank for our colleagues and customers.

So far, we’ve successfully increased the balance of women in our top 5,000 roles (now over 40 per cent, something we’re really proud of).  But there’s more to do.  I’ll be talking about how we are doing everything we can to identify and pull through more female talent, highlighting the importance of target setting and applying effort at all stages of the employee lifecycle.  Our ambition is to achieve a 50/50 gender balance across RBS by 2030.

Family friendly and flexible working provision, and support for women returning from maternity leave, are crucial to engaging and retaining employees and enabling inclusive leadership.  I’ll be talking about the family friendly and flexible working policies we have in place across the bank.

As Head of Inclusion for a bank that employs almost 100,000 people operating in a rapidly changing environment, I would be the first to say that embedding inclusive leadership is a challenge – and I’ll share what some of those challenges have been. However, given the link between inclusion, engagement and business performance is now firmly established – inclusive leadership is a challenge worth taking on.

So if you haven’t already, do register to attend and find out more about what we’ve done – what’s worked, what hasn’t, the pitfalls and lessons learned as well as what success, for us, looks like.  I’m looking forward to sharing our story with you.

Marjorie Strachan, Global Head of Inclusion at RBS