Nordea supports a diverse workforce, and one of our ambitions is to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions. For one, we believe that diverse leadership teams make better and more innovative business decisions, leading to improved business performance.

One of the ways we work to reach this goal is by taking part in the Women Up programme in Sweden, an initiative that we co-founded in 2014.

Nordea are founding partners in 'Women Up', a leadership initiative with the aim to develop the next generation of female leaders through training and mentorship

During the year-long programme a group of 40 high-potential women are brought together in a leadership development programme designed by McKinsey & Company. The programme also includes a group of senior leaders - women and men - from business and society acting as mentors. In addition, each participant will commit to identify three junior mentees within her own organization or network to inspire and cultivate throughout the year.

The programme is part of Hillary Clinton‘s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership (ICWBL), and it brings together 13 founding partners and women from a wide variety of backgrounds in business, entrepreneurship and public sector. We are proud to be one of these partners, and in 2016 we participated with four women from our bank.

By taking active part in Women Up in Sweden we hope to be able to make better use of our talent pool and strengthen the pipeline of female managers. Not only in our bank, but also in Scandinavian businesses in general.

The story behind Women Up

Women Up is a global initiative launched by Maud Olofsson under the umbrella of Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL).

In 2011, Hillary Clinton formed the International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL), to address the female leadership gap.

In 2012, Maud Olofsson, as chairman of the sub-committee on leadership of the ICWBL, explored best practices worldwide to promote development of women leaders. As a result, Maud Olofsson launched the global leadership initiative Women Up, in collaboration with McKinsey & Company