Diversity and Inclusion
At CoBank, we constantly strive to elevate our business performance and remain relevant to our customers and an evolving marketplace. One of the ways we do this is by supporting organizations that connect the bank to diverse groups working to bring new skills and new perspectives to our industry and those we serve.
The bank supports diversity and inclusion in many ways, including:
- Membership in professional and civic organizations specifically targeted to diverse audiences including Asian, black, Hispanic and women’s chambers of commerce
- Support for events that raise the profile of diverse groups within the industries we serve including annual conferences for immigrants, young professionals and women in agriculture, the Alaska Young Fisherman’s Summit and the Farmer Veteran Coalition
- Charitable contributions to organizations working to provide education and career advancement opportunities for minorities including Multicultural Scholars in Agriculture at California State University, Fresno; and the National Migrant Scholars Internship Initiative spearheaded by Michigan State University
In addition, the bank supports a variety of employment practices designed to attract, develop and retain exceptionally talented individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
CoBank associates strive to build a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. In 2018, the bank introduced a number of Associate Resource Groups to further this effort. CoBank ARGs create opportunities for associates to connect based upon common interests, identities, and goals; provide support mechanisms and create a collective voice to promote an inclusive workplace; and act as sounding boards around our diversity objectives. Ultimately, we believe these organizations will help to improve our recruitment and retention; empower and engage our associates; and enhance our development as an innovative financial services organization.
While every ARG is different, all are grounded in the bank’s mission of service to rural America and our shared values. Currently, the list of CoBank ARGs includes:
- African American
- Young Professionals
CoBank is committed to acting as an accountable role model for diversity and inclusion in the communities where we live and work, within the Farm Credit System, and across the industries we serve. In this way, we hope to build upon our legacy of stewardship and continue to promote change for the common good.