Our Continued Commitment to Supporting Equality

First Republic is committed to advancing racial equality and positively impacting the world we share.

We continually reflect on what we can do to further foster an inclusive environment and diverse workforce by listening to our colleagues, clients and communities.

Click here to read about our expanded diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in partnership with Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Read below to learn more about our commitment, including additional recent, expanded efforts.

Our Continued Commitment to Supporting Equality

Since our founding in 1985, we have been committed to:
  • Fair and responsible lending to historically disadvantaged communities
  • Community reinvestment and engagement partnerships in support of low-income and historically disadvantaged communities through financial education, scholarships, resources, internship programs and mentorship
  • An inclusive culture and workplace that celebrates diversity and many points-of-view

Over the last five years, we have:
  • Enhanced lending to historically disadvantaged and low-income neighborhoods through dedicated community lending programs
  • Formalized anti-displacement lending policies
  • Established a Community Advisory Board
  • Added community partner organizations to expand candidate pools for internship programs
  • Implemented an Inclusive and Diversity Marketing Program
  • Developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Published our Corporate Social Responsibility Report
  • Introduced two days of paid volunteer hours for our colleagues
  • Facilitated training on unconscious bias

Since June, we have:
  • Engaged Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) to support the Bank’s diversity development, recruitment and engagement efforts
  • Contributed over $500,000 to nonprofit organizations focused on combating racial inequality
  • Signed the Open Letter from Leaders of the Partnership for New York City reasserting a broad commitment to inclusion and diversity
  • Observed Juneteenth by closing our offices early and providing educational resources and opportunities
  • Piloted a mentorship program with underrepresented college students and First Republic Bank colleagues
  • Facilitated over 40 hours of internal discussions about racial and ethnic inequality, and systemic racism and bias
  • Created an employee Allyship Toolkit to assist colleagues on their anti-racism journey

Today, we are:
  • Rolling out required unconscious bias training across the enterprise
  • Offering certifications in diversity recruiting for our enterprise talent acquisition team
  • Implementing and utilizing various sourcing methods to diversify our talent pool of qualified candidates
  • Hosting quarterly DEI Town Hall meetings to bring together champions and advocates
  • Building membership and expanding our Employee Resource Group program
  • Continuing internal Diversity Dialogues and Safe Space discussions to facilitate empathy and understanding among colleagues
  • Expanding our learning series to address topics on intersectionality, cultural competency and identities

At First Republic, we’re committed to the continued support and well-being of our communities, clients and colleagues through initiatives that expand opportunity and improve the world we share.

Visit our 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report to learn more.