Diversity in our workplace

Diversity in OCBC community

As part of our approach to ensuring diversity within our OCBC community, we are guided by the following policies which are reviewed and updated as needed by the relevant Board Committee.

Board Diversity Policy
  • Guides OCBC’s approach to diversity on the appointment and composition of its board of directors.
  • Considers diversity factors such as age, gender, length of service, skills, experiences and background.
OCBC Fair Recruitment Practices and Hiring Policy
  • Ensures the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices issued by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) are included in our recruitment process.
  • Guides our recruitment and selection process on the basis of merit, and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities or disability.
Group Code of Conduct
  • Guides OCBC’s approach to providing our employees with a work environment where we treat each other fairly and with respect. We do not tolerate harassment and bullying of any kind, under any circumstances.
  • All our employees are required to complete an annual training and assessment on the Code of Conduct.

Non-conventional Talent Hire Initiative
As part of our commitment to fostering a diverse environment for all, we launched our inaugural non-conventional talent hire initiative in 2023. The primary objective of the initiative is to provide opportunities for individuals who may have been overlooked given traditional hiring practices. Comprising three pilot programmes, the initiative offers flexible work arrangements and personalised tools and resources to ensure sufficient support is provided throughout their journey at OCBC.

  1. Return to Work Programme: This programme focuses on reintegrating mothers, caregivers and retirees back into the workforce. It offers empowering solutions such as flexible work arrangements and job-sharing schemes, tailored to accommodate their unique needs.
  2. Persons with Disabilities Programme: As a registered Open Door Programme (ODP) Employer under SG Enable since March 2023, we are committed to integrating persons with disabilities into the workforce. Key elements of this programme include:
    1. Engagement with persons with disabilities through volunteering, mentorship and internships. Notably, the Bank participated in SG Enable’s Virtual Career Preparatory Workshop in October 2023.
    2. Employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, accompanied by a job coach to assist in their workplace integration.
    3. Implementation of Resources/Support programmes to help persons with disabilities assimilate into the organisation and to train managers and their team about Disability Awareness to better support persons with disabilities in the workplace.
  3. Transiting Servicemen Programme: We conducted a career talk in August 2023 for approximately 35 servicemen, which focused on highlighting career transition opportunities for retiring servicemen; subsequently, we had our first successful hire of a serviceman into our organisation.