From its historical origins to the present, Bank of America has been a recognized leader in promoting diversity. Fostering an environment that recognizes, respects, and values our different backgrounds and talents is expected of all associates and has a direct effect on the company's success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive work environment, free of unlawful discrimination or harassment, merits special attention when describing what is expected of all Bank of America associates.
Bank of America affirms its commitment to ensure equal employment opportunity in policy and in practice. Quite simply, our company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition), gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status, or veteran status.
We also do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on other bases, such as medical condition or marital status, as prohibited by law. Associates at every level are encouraged to demonstrate a personal commitment to promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity and understand that doing so is foundational to our culture.Key Diversity Messages
With their different languages, family structures, life situations, and financial requirements, our customers and clients require a variety of products, services, and marketing that demonstrate our awareness and appreciation of who they are and what they spend.Diversity at Community Bank is associates.
A common denominator of winning organizations is talent, and talent comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Diversity attracts the best associates to Community Bank, and the best associates lead to profitability. Moreover, a strong diversity commitment helps the retention of high performers.Diversity at Community Bank is communities.
To operate successfully, we need the goodwill of the countries, states, cities, and towns where we do business. Diversity helps us to work together with the governments, agencies, and citizens which want proof of responsible corporate behavior.
The Bank is a meritocracy, that is, rewards and recognition are based on the contributions that an associate makes to the company's success.Diversity at Community Bank is equitable.
Diversity builds trust and helps to assure that differences such as race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, religion, and national origin are understood, treated with respect, and valued. Community Bank values the multiple languages that our associates offer. We do ask that associates use good business judgment and consider the feelings of customers and peers when speaking languages other than English.Diversity at Community Bank is inclusive.
Community Bank actively welcomes all people, regardless of their differences. We aim to include everyone in discussions, to treat everyone with respect, and to give everyone fair recognition for their contributions. All associates are to be supported in their efforts to do their best work.
Our managers not only say the right words. They also take active, visible steps that prove their commitment to all of the associates whom they supervise. They take the time to learn good diversity practices, and they implement them. A good manager of diversity is a great manager of everyone.Diversity at Community Bank is accountability.
We show progress through metrics and measurements. Managers -- and all associates -- are responsible for the achievement of business goals and targets.Diversity at Community Bank is excellence.
Our position on diversity shows our dedication to higher standards, and to demonstrating and deserving recognition as a best practice company.
All associates are part of our diverse environment and are necessary for growth. Beyond race and gender, we include people of varied physical abilities, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, and religions, as well as regional differences, bank experiences, work styles, ideas, backgrounds, and many other characteristics. Open discussion leads to understanding and sensitivity about our differences.Diversity at Community Bank is teamwork.
We work together for the achievement of common goals of fairness, respect, and business success. Efforts must be channeled to the most influential and impactful initiatives.Diversity at Community Bank is unity.
Not only does diversity celebrate our differences, it celebrates our similarities. We all share many ambitions and desires. We want recognition, we want to do a good job, and we want to influence our world for the better.