Two of HSBC’s senior leadership team in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man have been recognised for their efforts in championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community.
Sue Fox, CEO, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man has been named in the ‘EMpower 50 Advocates Executives List’, while Christina Liciaga (shown in the main picture), recently appointed Head of Customer and Products for the Bank in the islands, has been recognised for the third year in the ‘EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List’, this time in the Top 20.
The EMpower lists are designed to showcase business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard on behalf of ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and North America, to drive change for inclusion.
Recognised for her long-time commitment to diversity and inclusion, Sue is the Executive Sponsor of HSBC’s Diversity and Inclusivity Allies Group, where she oversees EMBRACE, an ethnicity network of self-nominated employees who organise events, training and provide articles that provide insights and highlight discrimination. She also supports HSBC’s corporate sponsorship of The Diversity Network in Jersey, which runs events and networking to spread understanding and break down barriers around inclusivity.
Commenting on the achievement, Sue told Channel Eye: “The promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is vital to nurturing the talent that will allow businesses, like HSBC, to ultimately thrive. As such, it is imperative that we create an atmosphere where minority groups are given the opportunity and support to succeed so we can all enjoy a richer work environment.”
Christina’s recognition in the Top 20 Empower Ethnic Minority Role Models is for her work both inside and outside of HSBC in advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion. At HSBC she is also an active member of EMBRACE, appointee to HSBC’s Global Ethnicity Steering Committee and co-founder of HSBC’s Black Action & Advisory Council (BLAAC), which aims to address issues of systemic racism in the workplace and ensure prioritisation and pace to the DEI agenda.
In 2020 in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Christina hosted dozens of exchanges across the Bank to create safe spaces for conversations on racial inequity and the lived black experience. Externally, in her role as a Board Trustee in Justice she has worked to challenge diversity in the UK judiciary and youth criminal justice system, issuing recommendations to Whitehall and Westminster for change.
Christina said: “I’m honoured to be on this list once again, and to have worked side by side with countless black and ethnic minority leaders, to open up challenging conversations and champion for change. There is still so much left to do, and each one of us – as individuals and as businesses – has a responsibility to speak up and champion diversity.”