By Susan Antilla
Most big-name financial firms pay lip service to diversity, peppering their websites with smiling women and people of color who are in short supply in the mostly white-male trading rooms and executive offices of real life.
Amid the spin, though, there’s one bank that wins plaudits around the globe for its gender programs.
At Deutsche Bank, business conferences and seminars for women attracted 5,000 of the company’s employees and clients last year, according to the bank’s website. It has scored a spot on Working Mother magazine’s '100 Best Companies' list 13 times since 1996, and was named 'Best in Financial Services Sector' by the U.K. charity Working Families, which does research on work-life issues.
Eileen Taylor, Deutsche Bank’s global head of diversity, said in an e-mailed statement that a program called Atlas, started in 2009, has helped push 50% of the women who have used it into broader roles.
So you have to wonder why the Frankfurt-based bank is spending so much of its time fending off lawsuits that accuse it of harassment, retaliation, gender bias and discrimination against pregnant women.
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