Men and woman for gender equality
RMB believes that exceptional performance is only possible with exceptional people and that creativity and innovation unlock the strength of diversity.

Gender diversity is a key part of our overall transformation strategy and we acknowledge the critical role that both men and women play in the success of our business. As women make up more than half of our workforce, it is essential that we attract, develop, advance and retain female talent at all levels.

Athena is our initiative to create an environment where women feel empowered to achieve their individual career goals through optimising their performance while delivering for the business. RMB acknowledges that career progression is not necessarily linear and we assist our female employees to plan for long-term career agility supported by a strong women’s network.





Athena wins at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards

At the Gender Mainstreaming Awards on 1 September 2016 — RMB won the "Women Empowerment in the Workplace" award for the Athena initiative.

This award acknowledges organisations that have not only advanced women in the workplace through training and capacity-building, but have also successfully transformed corporate behaviour and practices.

Business Engage developed the Gender Mainstreaming Awards in 2013 (sponsored by PWC) — to encourage the private sector to buy-in to achieving more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business.



Liesl Bebb-McKay, Head of Innovation & Disruption, RMB Global Markets recently spoke about RMB’s new initiative Athena to raise the gender discussion within the bank.


Podcast interview on BizNews.com Attracting women to investment banking
News article on BizNews.com RMB takes practical steps to end gender inequality
View interview with Liesl Bebb-McKay on Athena


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