Diversity and inclusion


Inclusive of race, ethnicity, nationality and faith, Barclays is cultivating a supportive environment where colleagues feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

In today’s global environment it is vital that organisations operate with greater cultural understanding. Our colleagues across our global footprint make up a rich kaleidoscope of nationalities, culture and heritage. Their unique perspectives are invaluable in ensuring we understand what matters to our customers and clients around the world, and help ensure we can provide specialist products and services to meet their needs.

We are committed to supporting all our colleagues, regardless of religion, ethnicity, nationality or race. The Multicultural Agenda strategically engages to increase the opportunity to attract world-class colleagues and the diversity of thought-leadership, judgement and innovation required to compete in the changing international landscape and to sustain business success.

Race at Work Action Plan

In October 2020 we launched our Race at Work Action Plan. The plan comprises of a thorough set of sustained actions that will open up new opportunities to attract, grow and add to our great Black talent. 

Race at Work Charter

Barclays is a proud signatory of Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter.

This Charter is composed of 5 principal calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors. By signing the charter, we have committed to:

  • Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race
  • Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress
  • Commit at Board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  • Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression

These are practical steps that we are taking to tackle the barriers that ethnic minority people face both in the recruitment process and in their career progression. We believe that our business will only succeed if we have a diverse pool of talent as well as an inclusive and enriched culture.

Open letter outlining commitments to achieve greater diversity & inclusion

Leaders of corporate legal departments in the financial services industry have come together to denounce discrimination, in whatever form, and express their support for those who have suffered as a result. We have published an open letter to the global legal community committing to measures that we believe will promote greater diversity and inclusion among racially and ethnically diverse professionals in our legal departments, legal supply chains and in the legal profession more broadly.

Read the full letter