We committed to sharing our gender and racial/ethnic diversity data including where we are today and how we plan to improve. We recognize that our current state is not where we want to be but by sharing and tracking this information, we believe that this level of transparency will help keep us accountable for improving.
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things. Undoubtedly, among the most significant is what it has meant for equality and inclusion. The killing of George Floyd and countless other acts of discrimination have renewed a sense of urgency for our society to do better, to be better. We have been encouraged to see many work together to denounce systemic racism and outline approaches to implement real change. However, we have a long journey ahead. As a global organization, we are committed to supporting equality and inclusion in the US and around the world.
Group CEO Noel Quinn announced specific ambitions to improve the diversity of our senior leadership and increase opportunities for our Black and ethnic minority colleagues around the world. We are proud to say that in the US, we will support and contribute to those actions in a way that fits the unique situation in our market.
Earlier this summer, we also outlined a framework of six areas of focus that will help make us become a more equal and inclusive company in the United States. These include 1) Accountability, 2) Representation, 3) Recruitment and Retention, 4) Advancing the Conversation, 5) Strategic Giving and Community Engagement, and 6) Vendor Diversity. As a first commitment and a critical step under the Accountability pillar, we are pleased to have recently announced Ralph Jardine as our US Head of Inclusion and Culture. In this senior role, Ralph will build upon the foundation of our efforts in Diversity and Inclusion to help us make quicker progress in advancing inclusion.
Our next action sits within the Representation pillar. We committed to sharing our gender and racial/ethnic diversity data including where we are today and how we plan to improve. Our teams, at all levels, must reflect the communities and customers we serve. We are on a journey and progress will not be made over night. We recognize that our current state is not where we want to be but by sharing and tracking this information, we believe that this level of transparency will help keep us accountable for improving.
President and CEO
HSBC Bank USA
US Head of Inclusion and Culture
HSBC Bank USA
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