Last update: 29/11/2023
An accessible, diverse and inclusive workplace is where talented people with different skill sets thrive. Santander is committed to providing equal opportunity and promoting a working environment that is inclusive of persons with disabilities across our footprint.
Persons with disabilities often see a lack of inclusion at work and in education stand in the way of their talent and potential. In fact, Fundación Universia’s 5th Study of universities’ inclusion of persons with disabilities (in Spanish) shows that 60.6% of those surveyed believe finding a job is harder for them than for other students.
To counter this reality, Santander runs initiatives across its diverse footprint so everyone can have the same opportunities. They promote diversity and help persons with disabilities boost job skills and learn new ones through international scholarships, mentoring, internships and jobs programmes.
We work alongside Fundación Universia, a non-profit Santander organization, to increase career development and job training of persons with disability and to stimulate inclusive and sustainable growth. In Fundación Universia’s 15-plus years, we’ve allocated over 15 million euros to accessibility, education and employment initiatives for persons with disabilities.
A diverse and inclusive workforce
Our global headcount includes over 4,000 employees with disability. But there’s more we can do. That’s why we run initiatives to develop diverse and inclusive talent for everyone:
Banking services for customers with disability
In addition to our visibility and talent initiatives for persons with disabilities, we continue our efforts to make our banking services more accessible and inclusive.
Today our online banking channels, branches and ATMs are equipped with tools and functions for this purpose. Across most of our footprint, we offer an audio guide and Braille keyboards for visually-impaired customers.
Technology has been a powerful ally. In Santander Argentina, we have created innovative apps like Háblalo (“Talk about it”) to communicate better with people who have a hard time using banking services. A more diverse and inclusive future is only possible if we work together.