Sue Fox, CEO, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man has been recognised in 11th position in the ‘OUTstanding 50 Ally Executives List’ as part of the OUTstanding Role Models 2020 for the fourth year, a prestigious global list of business leaders who act as advocates and allies for diversity and inclusion within and outside their businesses. Sue was also on the HERoes Women Executive Role Models list in 2018 and 2020.
HSBC places diversity and inclusion at the top of its agenda to ensure that everyone is treated equally, able to bring their whole selves to work and are given the support and encouragement necessary to reach their full potential.
Sue is the executive sponsor of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man’s “D+I (Diversity and Inclusion) Allies” group. Within this, a group of self-nominated employees puts on events, training and writes articles to overcome taboos and give colleagues deeper insights, and highlights bias and discrimination (conscious or unconscious). In 2020, Sue also ran a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion employee webinar where LGBT+ colleagues shared their lived experience and she emphasised her inclusive work ethic and values, also challenging conscious and unconscious bias. This is in addition to her ongoing efforts to advocate the importance of diversity and inclusion in all her communications in the Bank.
In the community, HSBC supported the Channel Islands PRIDE annual celebrations in September 2020, sponsoring the Family Zone. The Guernsey Pride Parade was one of the only physical parades to take place in Europe last year. In Jersey, the Bank’s HQ was lit up in rainbow colours again to represent the Bank’s support for Pride. HSBC also partnered with The Diversity Network in Jersey to jointly sponsor the D+I Champion award within the Pride of Jersey awards for the second year running after initiating this new category in 2019.
OUTstanding is part of INvolve, the global membership organisation and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces where any individual can succeed.
Sue Fox told B365: “I am passionate about nurturing an inclusive workplace and being a role model to inspire others to break down barriers to opportunities. I advocate for diversity of experience, thought and culture being the basis for good business and believe that everyone has the right to feel valued, bring their whole self to work and achieve great things because of, and not in spite of, their differences. I am very proud to have been placed on this prestigious list again and am pleased that our work as a Bank to encourage diversity and inclusion is making a real difference and gaining recognition.”
Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder & CEO of INvolve, said: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating another amazing group of LGBT+ and Ally Role Models from across the globe who are championing inclusion and inspiring the next generation of talent. LGBT+ discrimination is still prevalent across the world and Role Models are essential to change perceptions and show everyone that you can be successful in business while also being your authentic self at work.”