Diversity and equal opportunities is a priority for our bank. Our programmes to achieve gender equity aim to grow a workplace where women have their own voice and a strong presence – a level playing field for all.
 

40 %

women on the board of directors

40 %

women on the board of directors

Gender equality is a fundamental right that acts as a driver to achieve a fairer and more prosperous society at all levels.

We are working every day to achieve real equality among our professionals. These efforts are reflected in our numbers. As well as being the only Spanish bank with a woman chairman at the helm, we have the highest percentage of female board members (40%) of any company on the Ibex 35 (the benchmark stock market index of the Spanish stock exchange). Three of the eight seats that comprise our International Advisory Board are held by women. And 55% of our overall workforce is female.

55 %

of our overall workforce is female

55 %

of our overall workforce is female

30 %

women leaders, our commitment to 2025

30 %

women leaders, our commitment to 2025

54 %

of the management team are women.

54 %

of the management team are women.

62 %

of the workforce are women.

62 %

of the workforce are women.

46 %

of the managers hired in the last year are women.

46 %

of the managers hired in the last year are women.

These figures, and our efforts to achieve gender equality in society as a whole, place us at the top of the Bloomberg global Gender-Equality Index. This indicator measures the importance of gender equality in the internal statistics of companies, and the policies applied with regard to their employees and in the communities where they operate. 

But we have bigger ambitions. “Although it was already at the top of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, last year Banco Santander issued new targets to ensure that diversity was a priority throughout the Group when building teams. Our goal is for 30% of management positions to be filled by women by 2025. Since Santander’s board understands the benefits associated with a balanced board composition, it has adopted the objective of increasing the presence of women to between 40% and 60%,” states our Group executive chairman, Ana Botín. 
 

Gender equality beyond Santander

We only have to look at the data published by the World Economic Forum to realise that the gender gap is still very present in society. To narrow this gap, Santander has launched various initiatives in the markets where it has a presence, with the aim of increasing women’s participation in areas of decision-making and achieving equality between men and women.

One of these initiatives is the “Mujeres con S” programme in Spain. Through this project, we provide Spanish women with the resources and tools they need to develop and to achieve their professional goals, and we foster entrepreneurship and help them break the glass ceiling so that they can form part of companies’ decision-making bodies. This initiative forms part of a much more ambitious project called “Generación 81”, a global proposal that aims to end male bias, break down gender stereotypes, encourage female talent and promote women’s professional careers.

Our dedication to equality knows no borders. In the United Kingdom, we have launched the Accelerating You programme, which encourages leadership among women, with a focus on networking and personal brand development. 

Another initiative with which we aim to increase gender equality is the “Banca Women” programme in Argentina, whereby we offer financial services to women who are entrepreneurs, owners of SMEs or independent professionals.

At Openbank, our fully-digital bank, women make up 54% of the management team, 62% of the workforce and 46% of managers hired in the last year.

“Diversity is good not only for women, it is good for men too. And it is good for society, for Santander and for the world. Achieving gender diversity is key to success in today’s world,” states our Group executive chairman.

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