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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

To build the future of global money, we need an inclusive team that’s as diverse as the customers we serve. Transparency is deeply important to us, so being clear about the challenges we face and how we’re working to overcome them is key to making sure we achieve our goals and track our progress along the way.

Essential to our mission

We want to make sure that the amazing people we hire have a voice and are heard. That they are empowered and productive in their roles.

We already do some great things to make Wise open, nurturing and accessible to all. When asked if people from all backgrounds are accepted for who they are in our most recent employee engagement survey, Wise scored in the top 5% of the tech company benchmark.

But we want to do even more! We want to be clear about our goals, consistent in our actions and hold ourselves to account for making change happen. And that everyone has the support and resources they need to have equal opportunities.

Just like our customers, our Wisers are from every part of the world. Our community is made from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, knowledge and problem solving skills.

We have 125 different nationalities represented at Wise, with almost half of our people working in a country that’s different from their nationality!

Our objectives

We have evolved our DEI efforts to include 5 overarching objectives for the next financial year and beyond. The key priorities we are focusing on are:

Wise communities and safe spaces

At Wise, our DEI Communities (Employee Resource Groups) are voluntary, employee led groups which foster an inclusive environment and a sense of belonging at the workplace.

Our Communities provide opportunities to listen, learn, drive action, promote allyship, and build psychological safety for everyone. Each community is formed around shared identities and experiences, have their own objectives, and take initiatives to encourage engagement and bonding.

We have 12 global Wise Communities which actively help us drive our diversity, equity and inclusion progress. Throughout the year, we celebrate global and regional cultural & religious events from our DEI Events calendar.

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A community committed to share, learn, and empower those based in our Asia Pacific region and those with Asian heritage around the world.

A safe space for Black Wisers to be their authentic selves, find support and create meaningful connections.

A safe space for Wisers impacted by a disability to be seen, welcomed and supported.

A community and central space for all Wisers and allies interested in learning about and supporting various intersecting identities.

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A community for Jewish Wisers globally to share thoughts, plan events and offer support and guidance.

A community for Latin American and Hispanic Wisers and allies to share experiences, build knowledge and make connections.

A community for all Wisers interested in or impacted by mental health and wellbeing.

A community for Muslim Wisers globally to share resources, materials, create events, offer support and guidance.

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A community for parents, carers, those expecting and anyone interested in parenting.

A safe space for LGBTQIA+ and questioning Wisers to share, support and make meaningful connections. Hear from one of our Wisers:

A safe space for cis and trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (GNC) people.

A safe space community for cis and trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (GNC) people in engineering roles.

HEAR FROM OUR LEADERS


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"Finding the Black Wiser community within the workplace, which shares the same values, supports everyone and is openly acknowledged by the company as an important global network, makes Wise a great place to be yourself. Knowing that whoever you are will never be viewed as a challenge but be always celebrated. This brings out the best in all our Wise employees."

Perpetua Gitungo,
Compliance Lead

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"A commitment to DEI is something that requires continuous improvement, openness to change, and an ability to celebrate the diversities we share as humans. As a queer, disabled Wiser certified in Mental Health First Aid; I’ve seen the passion that our Wise communities have. Together, I’m confident we can change the intersectionality of discrimination and disadvantage to one of inclusion and advantage (for us, and for our customers)."

Eli Zucker,

Vulnerable Customer Team Lead

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"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

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"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

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"Our mission is an inherently inclusive one- moving money without borders. I am pleased with our achievements so far towards our DEI goals and the positive impact we are actively having across the business to support our diverse customers and Wisers alike.

Designing with inclusion in mind and leveraging our powerful diversity of experiences will ensure that we embed DEI in everything we do and accelerate our progress further."

Selina Wilson, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

Community engagement

Women in Finance Charter

At Wise, we are committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion for women in tech. In September 2020 we signed the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, pledging to improve the representation of women in the Wise senior leadership team. Read more about our work on achieving better women’s representation, our UK reporting on the Gender Pay Gap and our progress towards the Women in Finance Charter goals on our blog.

Our commitment

Career Accelerator

We are thrilled to work with Career Accelerator in mentoring young LGBT+ people, Neurodiverse and Disabled people, and women and ethnic minority students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Wise mentors are helping mentees in their overall professional development, such as providing informed guidance, making career decisions, and future goal setting. This is an opportunity to give back and support young people in their growth.

Career Accelerator

FOLX Health

As part of our extended healthcare services in the US, we are delighted to work with FOLX Health, a nationwide virtual healthcare provider dedicated to serving the unique needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. This includes clinical services, such as primary care, gender-affirming care and mental health care, as well as access to non-clinical clinical services such as a nationwide referral network of in-person, affirming providers, care navigation and advocacy, educational resources, peer groups, expert-led support groups, live events, and much more.

FOLX Health

Black Tech Fest

In 2023, we sponsored Black Tech Fest, a three-day festival to celebrate Black culture, showcase innovation and create pathways for underrepresented talent. We take immense pride in sponsoring Black Tech Fest, an event that celebrates Black culture and its profound influence on technology.

Black Tech Fest

myGwork

We are pleased to share that Wise is part of the myGwork LGBTQ+ Business Community! Celebrating National Coming Out Day together, our QueerWisers shared their Top Tips for Coming Out and Top Tips for Allies Who Want to Help. We are excited to keep working together to raise awareness and empower our amazing QueerWisers.

myGwork

Bright Network

Wise is proud to be working alongside BrightNetwork to grow our WiseStart early careers global cohort. BrightNetwork connects the next generation with the opportunities, insights and advice to succeed as the workforce of tomorrow. They aim to make career opportunities accessible to all, with diversity at the heart of their mission. 

Bright Network

SheCanCode

Wise is delighted to be working together with SheCanCode to help tackle gender inequality within the tech space. They understand that having a team from different backgrounds means you will have a more inclusive, empathetic and productive organisation.

SheCanCode
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