Feza Tan, CEO of UniCredit Bank Serbia : Differences make us stronger

We are constantly investing in diversity and gender equality through various initiatives

Feza Tan, CEO of UniCredit Bank Serbia

Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8, but at UniCredit Bank, we are committed to equality and ensuring equal opportunities and empowerment of talents of our colleagues 365 days a year. In May 2013, the Gender Equality Policy was published in the entire UniCredit Group, and a joint set of indicators for monitoring important data on equality was introduced. UniCredit Bank Serbia has appointed its local Diversity Manager. This policy is a way to continue facilitating a fair approach by ensuring a fair and respectful work environment, in which women and men have equal opportunities and rights, and whose work is valued based on personal merit and potential, regardless of gender and other personal characteristics, respecting the diversity of each individual in the organization, thus strengthening the sense of belonging to the UniCredit Group, encouraging personal and professional development and creating competitive advantages. Our commitment and strong responsibility are extremely important for creating a positive work environment and changing the way of thinking to a real cultural change. Accordingly, we have devised special training for all employees in managerial positions called Unconscious Bias, because bias can limit us in our daily work and prevent us from fully appreciating the people in our environment. Wider awareness and understanding of this phenomenon makes our work environment more inclusive, because during this training we learn how not to judge according to our own and others’ prejudices, on any grounds. When we are aware that we may be unconsciously biased, it can become our strength.

Thanks to our strategic approach, I can proudly say that women make almost 65% of the total number of employees in our bank, and more importantly, the percentage of women in managerial positions is above 50%. We strive to become the best employer in Serbia, and that is why we are constantly investing in diversity and gender equality through various initiatives. For the last two years, we have been implementing the Women Empowered programme which actively contributes to the empowerment of women in the development of their careers. Talent, strength, empathy, and self-confidence are just some of the characteristics that adorn our community of Courageous Women. We are proud that, after maternity leave, mothers can work 4 hours a day to make their separation from the child as painless as possible, that parents get a day off when their child starts the first grade at school, that we have created conditions for remote work, allowed flexible working hours and thus enabled our employees to achieve work/life balance.

Equality makes a world better place, because balance is the key to every progress, not only of the individual, but of the whole society

Equality makes a world better place, because balance is the key to every progress, not only of the individual, but of the whole society.

UniCredit is proud to be included for the second time in Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index – GEI. The GEI brings transparency to gender-related practices and policies at publicly listed companies increasing the breadth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data available to investors. The comprehensive, transparent GEI scoring methodology allows investors to assess company performance and compare across industry peer groups. The reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. GEI demonstrates our commitment to gender equality and inclusion by providing equal opportunities in the business environment which further encourages collaboration between employees who have different experiences and views on the future to improve the well-being of each of us and make our strategies more sustainable.

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