Rabobank Australia wins award for diversity employment
The annual Employer of the Year Awards, run by MAX Solutions, has highlighted employers who have fiercely encouraged inclusivity and diversity in their recruitment.
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. The company is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector, with 93 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Disability inclusion at Rabobank
Rabobank won the Medium Employer of the Year Award – which is open to businesses with between 100 and 2000 employees – for supporting workers with disability into employment with the bank in 2020.
The company had hired 12 people with a disability in 2020, with nine recruited through MAX. Rabobank is currently in the process of hiring another five people through MAX Solutions.
Rabobank Australia prides itself on providing banking services which are inclusive of all people, with a particular emphasis on:
- Older clients
- People with disabilities
- Indigenous Australians, including those living in remote locations
- People with limited English
The company has also taken specific measures to make it easier for clients to access services, including:
- Digipasses designed for those with vision and hearing impairment
- Telephone and Online Banking available
- Translation services are for clients who have limited English
- Guidance following AUSTRAC’s policies on identification and verification for a person of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Rabobank attracts and supports talented Australians from all backgrounds and abilities
MAX Solutions congratulated Rabobank for being “a disability-confident employer that works with MAX to provide intensive pre and post-placement support to our customers, including health and in-support work.”
MAX highlighted that this year’s awards had been “incredibly competitive” and thanked all the finalists for “giving so many of our customers life-changing opportunities during one of the most turbulent period in modern economic history”.
“Rabobank stood out for its commitment to attracting and supporting talented Australians from all backgrounds,” said Deborah Homewood, managing director at MAX Solutions. “In the process each has had a profoundly positive impact on individual lives and local communities.”
“We are very pleased to have been involved in developing a high-performing team of people of great ability with disability, who are now in roles where they are doing highly-valued work for the bank,” said Belinda Webber, Rabobank Australia & New Zealand group executive, chief HR officer.
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."