Standard Chartered Bank CEO advocates for disability inclusion at career fair

Nettey reiterated Standard Chartered Bank's focus on cultivating a culture of inclusion, emphasising its pivotal role in the bank's success

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Standard Chartered Bank, Mansa Nettey, has underscored the bank’s dedication to building sustainable and inclusive communities, highlighting their continuous leadership in advocating for disability inclusion.

Nettey reiterated Standard Chartered Bank’s focus on cultivating a culture of inclusion, emphasising its pivotal role in the bank’s success.

According to her, diversity and inclusive values in driving innovation, informed decision-making, and strategy execution are important in upholding the bank’s core values.

Nettey was speaking at the 2024 Career Fair for persons living with disabilities, themed ‘Empowering Inclusivity’, organised by Standard Chartered Bank Ghana. The two-day event aimed to advocate for disability inclusion in workplaces, reflecting the bank’s ongoing commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive communities.

She stressed on the bank’s longstanding involvement in organising the Career Fair, spanning over five years.

Highlighting recent initiatives, Nettey mentioned the participation of bank staff in a pre-programme boot camp, where they shared skills with 50 young individuals to enhance their employability. Sessions included practical topics such as business management, budgeting, stock management, and planning.

The CEO stressed the bank’s commitment to creating an environment where everyone, regardless of challenges, can excel. She emphasised the importance of ensuring that recruitment processes are inclusive and that the workplace provides a conducive environment for growth and development.

Nettey outlined various accommodations made by Standard Chartered Bank to support employees with disabilities, including disability-friendly premises, designated parking slots, accessible washrooms, special teller areas, and braille keyboards on ATMs. She emphasized the bank’s consideration of disability in emergency evacuation procedures.

The CEO said that the career fair was not merely a checkbox exercise but a genuine effort to foster inclusivity in the workplace.

She urged employers to actively engage with candidates and emphasized the hidden potential within the disabled community.

“As partners and employers, we need to be passionate about driving inclusion in every sphere of our organisations and recruitment is one way to do this. We believe this fair would help you as much as possible kick start your dream, stay, and succeed in the job market. We also believe this will help you break the barriers you often encounter as well as destroying stereotypes,” she said.

Nettey expressed gratitude to partners and organisations involved in organizing the fair, including the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations and various governmental and non-governmental entities, urging them to seize the opportunities available.

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