Solarisbank launches women’s network ‘Futura’

Solarisbank, Europe’s leading Banking-as-a-Service platform, today announced the official launch of Futura. Behind the brand is a company women’s network dedicated to closing the gender gap in the fintech industry. The initiative is part of Solarisbank’s holistic NPB (Nature, People, Business) framework, the company’s own take on ESG. Following Futura’s vision of powerful women shaping the future of fintech, the network aims to boost representation within Solarisbank to at least 30 percent women at all levels by 2024.

“At Solarisbank, we decided to take a deliberate stand to improve gender equity in our industry. We launched Futura to make fintech more inclusive for everyone — women, men, and non-binary people. It’s encouraging to see so much support for our initiative, and the market response to our first activities has shown the need for such a network. With Futura, we strive to make Solarisbank the most attractive fintech in Europe for women to work at,” says Alex Gessner, VP of Onboarding & Integration and initiator of Futura.

Futura was launched in January, and the network has continued to be active behind the scenes. Futura’s work focuses on organizing events — from discussion panels to training events and empowerment days — where women considering a career in fintech can hear from, learn, and network with women already working in the field.

The network has an outward effect, too. Solarisbank has taken measures to increase diversity in its recruitment process by using the language and asking agencies to recruit at least a quota of women applicants. Futura hosts workshops to increase awareness and offer training programs for women, as well as support groups for men.

“Futura is also part of a broader vision, which is called NPB. The NPB framework represents Solarisbank’s view of how sustainability should be guiding our actions — how we treat nature, how we treat our employees, and how we do business. Futura is an integral part of our approach. Diversity and inclusion will eventually benefit everyone. With Futura, we hope to prove this to the industry and create a blueprint for them to follow,” Layla Qassim is the Chief of Staff to Group CEO.

 

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