Equality of Opportunity and Diversity
Garanti aims to establish a fair and transparent working environment that is dominated by equal opportunities and diversity. Garanti’s approach to human capital is in accordance with its ethical values and the “equality principle”. The Bank and our employees observe fair treatment in business relations regardless of language, race, gender, political ideology, philosophical belief, religion, sect and the like, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disabilities, age, medical conditions, and union membership. The Bank and our employees respect human rights.
At Garanti, women employees comprise 56% of all employees, and 41% of senior/ middle level management. In 2017, women make up for 64% of the revenue generating roles. As a result of the importance Garanti gives to gender equality and women’s empowerment, Garanti was one of the first to implement the Equal Opportunities Model (FEM). Also Garanti is the first bank in Turkey as one of the signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Garanti designed the Gender Equality Training Program that is compulsory for all employees. The training focused on the gender roles imposed by the society and how they affect the work environment. Garanti also broadcasted a video on gender equality where Executive Vice Presidents Ebru Dildar Edin and Cemal Onaran informed Garanti employees about the Bank’s projects on the topic. Furthermore, Garanti created a video series called “Believe in Yourself” to inspire the women of Garanti. In order to raise strong women leaders who are aware of their competencies and capable of managing the challenges in business life, Garanti signed a cooperation agreement with the UN Women Program in 2016. Within this framework, Garanti organized Women Leadership Trainings for women at the middle management level in 2017.
In 2016, Garanti established the Women Executives Initiative, which consists of top-level women executives, aiming to contribute to the development and cooperation of women at middle and top-level positions. In 2017, the Initiative held 13 events, where inspirational speakers appeared to instill self-confidence to women executives within the Bank. Garanti's women executives also came together to discuss gender equality issues, designed development and awareness programs and created networking environments, namely The Women Leadership (14 groups/177 participants) and Remarkable Women Programme (1 group/20 participants). The Women Leadership Program was supported by UN Women. The Remarkable Women Programme is designed to enhance women leadership ability through experimental learning and powerful new techniques.
The Gender Equality Working Group, which includes male and female representatives from the Executive Vice President level to the manager level, has been active since 2015 under the Sustainability Committee in order to ensure coordination of programs, processes and initiatives aimed at the Bank’s employees or all the external stakeholders in the areas of the inclusion of women in the financial system, women’s empowerment and gender equality. Under the committee, there are sub working groups dealing with HR, society and customer projects, which get together quarterly to evaluate the projects and come up with new ideas. Garanti Training Center has made a GETKurs (includes 3 videos) about gender equality in workplace and society for all employees in 2017. Furthermore, a training program focused on domestic violence was initiated. For all these initiatives concerning gender equality, Garanti became the first and only company from Turkey to be listed in 2017 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index. Garanti CEO, Mr. Ali Fuat Erbil became a founding member of 30% Club Turkey for greater representation of women in executive management, launched in March 2017.