“This collaboration is a key part of our diversity work,” says Pernilla Johnsson who is responsible for Partnership, Sponsoring and Sustainable Entrepreneurship at SEB in Gothenburg.
SEB in Gothenburg has had a continuous collaboration with Mitt Liv for ten years and under a new agreement between the parties, this collaboration will now be broadened to apply throughout Sweden.
“We can see how this has benefited all parties involved and it has long been our ambition to broaden and strengthen this collaboration,” says Pernilla Johnsson who believes that it is important, both for business reasons and for social responsibility, that SEB makes active efforts to increase diversity.
Mitt Liv’s activities are based on making it easier for people born outside Sweden who have post-secondary education to enter the labour market. The focus is on giving programme participants jobs that match their skills and education.
Many employees have acted as mentors for the organisation which has enabled SEB to offer many people with a foreign background internships at the bank. In some cases these internships have led to permanent employment.
“The collaboration with Mitt Liv increases the opportunity to attract people from many different backgrounds, which is important for the organisation. We can play a more active role and many of our employees can contribute by becoming mentors,” says Mads Krumhardt Enggren, who is head of the SEB Kort business area.