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Raiffeisen Bank International and the female factor join forces

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

The female factor is proud to announce a new partnership with Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe.

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“We are delighted to be working with the female factor to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and create working conditions that are equally attractive to and equally beneficial for all employees.”

Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Head of Group People and Organisational Innovation at RBI.

“new thinking” for future-oriented industries

RBI makes it a priority to constantly evolve and find new solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of the market. This approach requires “new thinking” that ensures shared success with customers being at the heart of all deliberations. In light of that, RBI believes that diversity is key to overcoming boundaries and discovering new opportunities while striving for excellence. Dedication to promoting diversity allows the company to best support their clients, as well as harness the potential that diversity brings to the business. As a bank that operates internationally, RBI believes it is crucial to actively encourage diversity and inclusivity, as well as take conscious action to make staff decisions objectively.

female empowerment at RBI

And just one way they bring this internally is by supporting female empowerment and self confidence within their employees. Through their various grass root initiatives, they’re increasing the visibility of women within the company and giving them the opportunity to network and be mentored.

One of these initiatives includes the Women’s Empowerment Journey, in which women are invited to work on individual development journeys for one year and focus on four core areas to develop and grow; inner self, outer self, networking and visibility. Through this journey, female employees strengthen their self awareness and create an individual development path to ensure they successfully meet their goals. The programme also includes regular gatherings to discuss individual progress, network, support and encourage each other as well as jointly finding solutions for obstacles in their individual development paths.

“We support women to see their inner strengths and to empower them to discover and unlock their full potential.”

- Vision of the Women’s Empowerment Journey

teamwork makes the dream work

Currently 24% of leaders at RBI are female and they are striving to increase this to 35% by 2024. To help them meet these goals, RBI chooses to partner with the female factor.

"I'm so pleased to see that RBI has set concrete diversity objectives and recognises the economic advantages of gender diverse teams. I look forward to a fruitful partnership and achieving their women in leadership goals together.

- Mahdis Gharaei, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of the female factor.

Interested in a career in the financial sector, which takes diversity seriously? Learn more about working at RBI and check their open positions here.

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about Raiffeisen Bank International

RBI regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 13 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the RBI Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in leasing, asset management or M&A. More than 46,000 employees service 19 million customers through approx. 1,800 business outlets, the by far largest part thereof in CEE. RBI's shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. The Austrian regional Raiffeisen banks own around 58.8 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. Within the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, RBI is the central institute of the regional Raiffeisen banks and other affiliated credit institutions.


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