Scaling up our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We know we’re not yet at mission complete when it comes to DEI. And we promise to do better.
Money without borders. People without limits
Over 10 million people and businesses save themselves money using Wise every day. But the world still pays £150 billion in hidden fees to banks every year. Which means we’re far from mission complete.
We’re here to serve a global community of billions. And to do that, our team needs to reflect and understand all the diversity the world has to offer. We need to create a culture that’s truly inclusive. And a team of people set up to do their best every day.
So we’ll lean in and have difficult conversations. We’ll question our own ideas, assumptions and motivations. We’ll listen and learn before we act. Because we aren’t just building a business. We want to change the world.
Inclusion is an essential, not an initiative
We already do some great things to make Wise open, nurturing and accessible to all. But we want to do more. We want to be clear about our goals, consistent in our actions and hold ourselves to account for making change happen.
We want to make sure the amazing people we hire have a voice and are heard. That they are empowered and productive in their roles.
And that everyone has the support and resources they need to have the same opportunities as others.
So, what's our plan?
Our DEI plan is based on 3 simple principles with project focus areas for 2021. We’ll be transparent about the progress we make and the gaps we need to close.
We promote curious, compassionate and courageous conversations, internally and externally, that help us learn from one another.
2021 project focus:
- Communities and safe spaces (Employee Resource Groups) – led by our Wisers so people can share experiences and information, support each other and connect on shared values.
- Wise Cultural Calendar – a programme to learn and celebrate the wide range of cultures, traditions, backgrounds, and global experiences we have here at Wise. Example programmes include Pride Summer and Black History Month.
We build knowledge and understanding, so team leaders can take ownership for creating an inclusive culture.
2021 project focus:
- Diversity hiring projects – Product, Engineering, Marketing and Analytics have set up diversity squads with goals and targets to build more representative and inclusive teams.
- Building the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team – We’ll continue to scale the DEI team as subject matter experts and advisors to Wise.
We create the frameworks, processes, measurement tools, and initiatives to scale up our approach to DEI.
2021 project focus:
- Self-ID – we’re increasing our knowledge of Wiser diversity through a voluntary demographic survey. We want to understand who we are and how identity shapes the experience of people working at Wise. We’ll produce our first internal report in Q4 2021, identify opportunities to make improvements, and measure the impact and progress of DEI work over time.
- DEI new joiner training – we want to get everyone on the same page about DEI understanding and awareness. Our new training module aims to help new joiners know what DEI looks like day-to-day.
- Disability inclusion – we’re building resources and support for Wisers and candidates with disabilities. Our goals is to offer practical information and support to ensure that Wise remains an inclusive environment for those impacted by a disability.
- Inclusion pilot programme in Engineering – we’ve partnered with InChorus to collect data on the day-to-day experiences of our Engineers at Wise. This is to ground our interventions on data and see how we can increase inclusion for all. We report on this quarterly and take action as a result.
Communities and safe spaces at Wise
Inclusion at Wise
A community and central space for all Wisers and allies interested in learning about and supporting various intersecting identities.
Disability at Wise
A safe space for Wisers impacted by a disability to be seen, welcomed and supported.
Latinx Wisers Network
A community for Latinx Wisers and allies to share experiences, build knowledge and make connections.
Black Wisers Network
A safe space for Black Wisers to be their authentic selves, find support and create meaningful connections.
AsiaPacific Wisers Network
A community committed to AsiaPac empowerment within Wise to share and learn.
A safe space for LGBTQ+ and questioning Wisers to share, support and make meaningful connections.
Mental Health Wise
A community for all Wisers interested in or impacted by mental health, illness and wellness.
A safe space for for cis and trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (GNC) people.
Parents and Carers
A community for parents, carers, those expecting and anyone interested in parenting.
Hear from our leaders
“Feeling comfortable and supported to be who you are at work empowers people to deliver more impact on our mission. And it means they are more likely to stay with us. But most importantly, it’s just common decency and kindness to want everyone to belong here.”
Rahel Tänavsuu, Global Head of Operations
“Scaling up our approach to Diversity, Equity Inclusion isn’t easy. It requires all of us to be honest, engaged, open-minded and put the work in to make change. But I believe it’s critical to our mission and it’s the right thing to do.”
Harsh Sinha, CTO
"Many queer people continuously face that dilemma every time they meet new people at work — fit in or be ourselves? As a team, it’s our responsibility at Wise to provide a safe and relaxed space where being who we are is celebrated."
Ben Steyn, Head of Compliance