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At Sandy Spring Bank, our employees serve as financial advocates for our clients, delivering the best possible financial solutions to meet their needs. Attracting, retaining and developing a diverse, highly skilled workforce and creating a workplace where everyone feels included, respected and valued is key to our ability to deliver a remarkable client experience. Our employees are at the heart of our success.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Sandy Spring Bank, fostering a positive and highly productive environment begins with treating all employees and clients with respect. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where all backgrounds, experiences, interests and skills are respected, appreciated and encouraged.

Celebrating the value of diversity begins with understanding and embracing the different markets we serve. We recognize the diversity that exists in our client relationships and our ties to local communities. We wish to enrich our workforce by attracting and retaining individuals for their skills, experience, culture and traits. Employees who bring a variety of perspectives and experiences help us to understand the diverse needs of our clients.

Our efforts to build and maintain a diverse workforce include using digital tools to increase the visibility of our job postings among underrepresented job seekers, including veterans, individuals with disabilities, older workers and other historically underrepresented communities. We have also expanded our recruiting efforts to area community colleges and universities with diverse student populations.

Honesty, integrity and respect for others are central to everything we do, and building a diverse and inclusive workforce is a component of our business strategy.

2021 Actions

Formed a CEO-led advisory group of employees to help develop new initiatives designed to advance racial diversity and inclusion at the company, with particular focus on:

  • Ensuring that every person at Sandy Spring Bank has access to opportunities to learn and grow within the company
  • Mitigating unconscious biases
  • Building a racially diverse pipeline of leaders
  • Empowering managers to mentor and advocate for employees of color

The group’s first initiative was a pilot mentorship program for diverse leaders across the company, which kicked off with its first class of 11 participants in late 2021.

59%
Percent of women in workforce
27%
Percent of women in senior management
38%
Percent of people of color in workforce
8%
Percent of people of color in senior management