The local SEB office, the Triangle in Malmö has been partnering with the Folk University in Malmö since 2003. The partnership aims at facilitating the integration into Swedish society for immigrants. Through this partnership, the local branch office has had the possibility of welcoming 24 persons with very different back grounds into the organization in Malmö. All 24 have been studying Swedish at the Folk University and the internship at SEB were part of their education. This partnership has been very successful from both an SEB point of view and for many of the students. In several cases the internship has resulted in prolonged summer internship, temporary positions and permanent employment.
Malmö is a very international and multi-cultural city. SEB has the ambition to build stronger relations with customers, and must therefore be very good at meeting their needs. Initiatives like this one in Malmö creats opportunities to better reflect the community in which we operate thus giving us a better chance to also serve people with a foreign background. The partnership is one way for SEB to further develop the organisation, strengthen competencies and widening our cultural identity and to better reflect the community in which we operate.
There are a few individuals that have been and still are very important in this work at SEB in Malmö. It all started with the former district Manager Ulrika Nilsson and the person most committed and driving the initiative forward; Bertil Wilsson, Head of SEB Customer services at the branch office who also involved the organization Mine. Mine is non-profit organization working for ethnical diversity in the Swedish business community.
This initiative reflects the values of SEB and is part of improving access to financial services for all people.
Visit Mine's website to learn more about its work