At CIBC, we’re committed to building an inclusive and diverse organization that supports all of our clients and team members. This is an organization-wide objective built on the belief that an inclusive and diverse team drives innovation, builds better client relationships and makes us a better company. We are dedicated to making every one of our clients’ ambitions a reality and embracing the diversity that makes us all unique. Whether you’re a client, a part of our team or a member of our community, you belong at CIBC.
Recruiting talent from a diverse pool, developing inclusive leadership practices and expanding our commitments to our clients and communities are actions true to the core of CIBC’s values. All of our team members have a role to play in helping us to achieve CIBC’s inclusion and diversity goals and in creating a workplace and client experience where everyone feels that they belong. Through the disrupting of unconscious biases, our leaders are trained to reflect inclusive leadership behiavors when developing and promoting future leaders.
We have built important professional partnerships with the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA), Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) and National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) to ensure that not only are we listening and learning from diverse voices, but hiring them as well. We’re also exploring more recruiting partnerships with the intent to increase diverse representation across the spectrum of disability, sexual orientation, and veterans.
We continue to increase our efforts in how we recruit, retain, develop and promote unique talent. To support this objective, we’ve cultivated relationships with organizations and partners that help shape how we think about talent, grow our talent base and build a work environment that supports personal and professional growth. Our Campus Champion team focuses on building and deepening our engagement efforts with identified Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other diverse community partners.
Developing an inclusive culture
Our priority is to build a culture and products that supports diversity within the workplace. We’ve worked to create an environment that reinforces this commitment through the creation and partnership of our U.S. People Networks. These are employee-led groups that celebrate diversity and are designed to connect and support team members from across our bank who are from all different backgrounds.
Asian Employee Network
Black Employee Network
Latin Employee Network
Standing together against racism
“Racism greatly diminishes what we’re all capable of together. Every one of us is made weaker when we tolerate it, ignore it and don’t speak up about it.”
Supporting the communities where we live and work has always been a priority for CIBC. It’s at the core of everything we do. We support diverse communities because being a leader — nurturing and educating in the neighborhoods that surround our business — allows us to address their most pressing concerns so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
We are dedicated to increasing awareness of career opportunities within the financial industry. CIBC supports programs that promote financial literacy for students and bridge the gap between post-secondary education and employment by creating opportunities for youth. CIBC has partnered with Cristo Rey, Christ the King, Urban Alliance and Genesys Works to provide paid internships and targeted mentorship to diverse high school students from Chicago, Atlanta and Boston areas. Additionally, we have established partnerships with organizations like Year-Up, Braven, Youth Guidance and Chicago Scholars to create diverse talent pipelines for college internships and early career conversion placements.