Almost 100 employees today participated in Deutsche Bank’s first Rainbow Laces touch football event which was hosted by employee network dbPride.
Twelve teams from across the organisation took part in the hotly contested competition in a show of support for LGBTI inclusion in sport, in the workplace and beyond. The event also raised valuable funds for the Pinnacle Foundation through the sale of rainbow laces.
Adam Boyton, Chief Economist and Head of Macro Research at Deutsche Bank Australia and co-chair of dbPride, said: “We are thrilled with the level of engagement among employees for our inaugural touch football competition.
“Taking small steps can make a big difference in how included people feel. A bank-wide event on this scale makes a significant contribution to fostering an inclusive work environment where everyone feels comfortable.”
Boyton, who in December was recognised in the 'Outstanding 50' list of LGBTI executives in Australia by BOSS magazine, said he hoped today’s event would become a regular fixture on the bank’s diversity calendar.
dbPride is one of three employee networks at Deutsche Bank Australia to champion diversity and in 2016 was shortlisted as Employee Network of the Year in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
As the bank’s dedicated employee network group for LGBTI employees and their allies, dbPride hosts events throughout the year to promote an open, prejudice-free culture in which employees feel they can bring their whole selves to work.
In 2016, Deutsche Bank was ranked 17th in the AWEI which evaluates LGBTI inclusion in Australian workplaces and in 2017 pledged its support to Australian marriage equality.