Diversity – anchored in our history
Our purpose, the reason why we exist, is written down in the founding document of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse in 1819: to grant everybody access to prosperity, regardless of age, gender, social background or geographical origin. Our founding purpose still tells us what’s the right thing to do – today, tomorrow and in the next 200 years.
We believe in the people of our region and their power to implement plans, make dreams come true and create prosperity. This is only possible if everyone can develop freely, unhindered by barriers such as discrimination or fear. Believe in yourself as you are and follow your own path – we try to live this attitude towards our customers and employees every day.
The world is diverse, and so are we
The world in which we operate today is colourful, fast and unpredictable. In order to mirror this complexity and find the right answers for the manifold demands of our clients, we need the best people; the brightest minds who unite different perspectives, understand and reflect the diversity of our corporate environment and live up to the transformative processes of our present and future.
Diversity drives excellence
The best ideas arise where people with different experiences and skills work together. For this is what brings about innovation. Diversity makes us more robust, more creative and supports a corporate culture in which everyone can develop their inherent potential.
Diversity as an inclusive principle
For us, an inclusive corporate culture means recognizing each and every employee in their individuality. We understand diversity and inclusion as a mindset that obliges us to treat each other with respect, so that everyone feels safe to speak their mind openly. We want to create an environment in which people are enabled to develop themselves, support each other when facing challenges and bring out the very best in themselves and their peers.
Diversity as part of our corporate strategy
Diversity management is part of our corporate strategy and embraces the dimensions of age, gender, sexual identity and origin as well as the question of the greatest possible cognitive diversity. In our diversity policy, we define common standards and KPIs for the seven countries in which we operate. These are implemented locally and with individual priorities.