BBVA Compass named to DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2019

- Repeat recognition: This is the bank's second recognition by DiversityInc in three years.

- Benefit to the bank: Recognition will help attract top talent to the bank.

- Similar recognition: BBVA Compass previously earned a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, the nation's premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ work place equility, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

May 08, 2019

HOUSTON, May 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass earned a spot on DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2019 list, the bank's second recognition in the US in the last three years. 

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The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, with each participating company assessed on its own performance and also versus all competitors in four key areas of diversity management: the talent pipeline; talent development; leadership accountability; and supplier diversity. In awarding the bank a spot on the list, DiversityInc pointed to the following:

"We value the diversity of our workplace, our customers, vendors, and the communities that we serve," said the bank's Chief Talent & Culture Executive Rosilyn Houston. "We are thrilled that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is being publicly recognized, because it will help further attract and retain top talent to the bank while creating increased employee engagement and satisfaction."

Research shows that diverse and inclusive companies perform better, lead in innovation, and produce more revenue. An inclusive environment is linked to lower levels of employee turnover, faster problem solving, and a higher degree of creativity. Conversely, companies in the bottom quartile for both gender and ethnic/cultural diversity were 29 percent less likely to experience profitability above the industry average.

DiversityInc's annual survey considers workplace practices, talent programs, leadership accountability, supplier diversity, philanthropy, and talent results. The organization also considers the rates of hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ community.

BBVA Compass Director of Communications and Responsible Business in the U.S.A. Reymundo Ocañas reiterated the bank's long-term commitment to workplace diversity. 

"Our inclusion in the 2017 Top 50 recognized the bank's hard work and rededication to workplace diversity and inclusion," said Ocañas, whose team helps steer the bank's overall diversity and inclusion efforts in partnership with the Talent & Culture and Procurement areas. "This year's score reinforces that ongoing commitment to creating a more diverse workplace, not just because it's the right thing to do but because it's also good for business. I hope it serves as a strong signal to people already working at the bank and those considering doing so that we value them and want them to bring their authentic selves to work."

This is the second time the bank has been recognized for its diversity efforts in the US in 2019. Earlier this year, the bank scored a perfect 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign's measure of LGBT-inclusive policies at some of the nation's largest workplaces. The U.S. unit of the global financial services group did so in part on the strength of its workplace diversity and inclusion training program and the establishment of a Diversity Council to steer the bank's long-term inclusion efforts, among other things.

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About BBVA 

BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a strong leadership position in the Spanish market and is the largest financial institution in Mexico. It has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. It is also the leading shareholder in Turkey's BBVA Garanti. BBVA's purpose is to bring the age of opportunities to everyone, based on our customers' real needs: provide the best solutions, helping them make the best financial decisions, through an easy and convenient experience. The institution rests in solid values: Customer comes first, we think big and we are one team. BBVA's responsible banking model aspires to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable society.

In the United States, BBVA is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 641 branches, including 329 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 17 in New Mexico. The bank ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (6th). In the United States, BBVA has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 8th nationally in terms of dollar volume of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2018.



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