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Our five pillars of Diversity and Inclusion

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We believe that an inclusive and supportive culture makes us better at understanding the needs of our customers and clients, and it creates a sense of belonging and value that enables our colleagues to perform at their best. To create the kind of community we can all feel at home in, we focus on five pillars of diversity and inclusion

“At Barclays, we are working on inclusion with initiatives like dynamic working which has been super helpful to achieve some sense of work/life balance. These small things matter and help us build a more equal environment.”

Sonali Shelke, Vice President, Transaction Banking

Barclays is a community made up of multiple generations, and we value the experience people of all ages can bring to our business. We are keen to support colleagues at different life stages to balance their lives inside and outside of work, and are committed to offering them opportunities to grow with us at any age.

Multigenerational network

Dynamic working

Military network

Our goal for Barclays is to become a truly gender-diverse organisation. It’s crucial for us to be able to attract, develop and retain top female talent, and we want our female colleagues to have every opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in their career with us. We engage men in the drive for gender equality as allies. By empowering Male Allies, it has created a powerful network of global advocates, pledging to take action to be effective allies for women at work, accelerate gender parity and achieve a more equitable workplace.

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“I knew I could progress and saw that being trans wasn’t holding me back. The more you know yourself the more you are able to love yourself.”


We want all of our LGBTQ+ colleagues to feel comfortable being themselves at work. So, we champion equality, understanding and respect for every single one of them. Our Spectrum network is just one initiative that helps people connect, and we’re proud to have been a sponsor of Pride for many years.


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We know that diversity of thought is essential if we are to achieve our goals, and we are at our strongest when we are inclusive of people of every race, ethnicity, nationality and faith. We’re proud to have launched our Race at Work Action Plan which helps us become allies to our Black and ethnically diverse colleagues by providing improved access to career and development opportunities. It’s important to us that they are supported and celebrated.

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Race at Work

“One of our ambitions is to become the most accessible and inclusive FTSE company for all our customers, clients and colleagues. We do this, not only because it makes good commercial sense, but because it's the right thing to do.”

Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Banking and Payments, and Executive Sponsor of the Disability agenda

14% of colleagues at Barclays tell us they have a disability, mental health or neurodiverse condition, and this number will continue to grow. Disabled and neurodiverse people bring exceptional talents to Barclays: we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment in which they can flourish, and to making every adjustment they need to work at their best.

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Our purpose and values

Everything we do is driven by our Purpose and guided by our Values: they directly influence the way we think about culture at Barclays. Together, they create an environment we can all feel part of, and define the way we interact with each other, with our clients and customers, and with everyone we meet.

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