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Inclusion and Diversity

Our Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

We know Commerce Bank is only at its best when our people are. For over 155 years, we’ve built our organization and culture on a foundation of shared values—taking a long-term view, acting with integrity, collaborating as one team, being customer focused, and striving for excellence.

What does that mean? That we value our people. We’re firmly committed to engaging in the conversations necessary to make our team members feel safe, valued, belong and respected, and truly listening so we can better understand how to serve our communities.


A Message to Our Team Members

Commerce’s CEO, John Kemper, signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ pledge, which further shows our dedication to creating an environment that supports and grows diverse talent, and makes an impact on the communities where we live and work, and on society at large. But that’s not where it stops.

We say that Commerce is here to help you focus on what matters most. But at the end of the day, what matters most isn’t so different for most people. It’s feeling like you matter. It’s feeling safe in the space you’re in. We want to listen to what you’re telling us matters most, so we can continue to take action and make Commerce a better place for everyone who comes through our doors.


Building a Place to Thrive and Grow Professionally

We believe our differences make the difference. We’ve worked thoughtfully to establish a variety of programs and initiatives designed to embrace an inclusive and diverse culture. Here are just a few examples of how we continue to build awareness:

  • Observance and celebration of cultural heritage months
  • Mentorship programs to support professional development of diverse leaders and team members
  • Unconscious bias and sensitivity training
  • Community partnerships to advance inclusive efforts
  • Inclusion & Diversity Councils and Employee Resource Groups to help us better understand the evolving needs of our team members, customers and communities
  • Feedback tools to hold us accountable and help us see if we’re trending in the right direction
We know a wide range of thoughts and experiences leads to better solutions, because we each bring something unique and different to the conversation. When we listen and learn beyond our own experience, we can discover and explore new ideas, help people feel valued, and gain the opportunity to make positive change.

Our Employee Resource Groups were established to help our team members from diverse backgrounds feel a sense of belonging, make personal connections with others who share similar experiences and further their careers. 35% of Commerce team members are currently engaged in an ERG. Each Employee Resource Group is open to all team members and are made even stronger when our allies join!

"When I see the different Employee Resource Groups that we have, it shows me that Commerce is trying to create spaces for our team members to feel a sense of value and belonging,” said Nelson. “It helps people plug in and hit the ground running when they join us. The ERGs let people know that we see you, and we want you to benefit from being connected to our organization."

Derrick Nelson
Vice President
Inclusion & Diversity Manager




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RISE promotes the advancement, retention and recruitment of women at Commerce by creating networking forums, opportunities for women to leverage their skills, expertise and potential to support their personal and professional growth, as well as fostering a mentorship environment within the organization.
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EMERGE strives to support and promote a workplace culture at Commerce that attracts, develops, engages and ultimately retains young professionals. Our goal is to help Commerce build and grow highly motivated emerging talent through development, networking, and communication.
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VIBE aims to foster an environment where team members are valued, empowered and engaged to promote multi-cultural representation and retention. VIBE encourages the recognition and celebration of diversity through servant-leadership at Commerce Bank and in the communities, we live, serve and play.
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PRIDE works to provide an open forum where LGBTQIA+ and allied teammates with a shared interest can aspire, develop and collaborate to reach their highest potential. PRIDE members represent Commerce in our communities and serve as a key resource for specific consumer and employee insights.

We’re committed to building a workforce that lets us see challenges from a wide variety of perspectives and is representative of the markets we serve.

"Commerce believes that our people are our most valuable resource and our greatest competitive advantage. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture where team members are valued for their diverse talents and perspectives is vital to the engagement, innovation and productivity that position us to anticipate and proactively adapt to our customers' changing needs. By honoring this commitment in how we work together and how we do business, we enable team members to reach their full potential, and in doing so maximize shareholder value."

Sara Foster
Executive Vice President
Talent & Corporate Administration


To reach this goal, we employ both traditional and non-traditional methods to attract qualified talent. Commerce Bank has built strong relationships with a variety of organizations to attract and retain the diverse talent we need. Here are a few of the organizations we partner with:

We’re serious about promoting diversity both inside our own walls and throughout the community. That’s why we actively seek suppliers who are certified minority and woman owned business enterprises (MWOBE) as well as certified veteran, small business, and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) businesses. We are committed to helping advance the inclusion and diversity efforts within the communities we serve by establishing a diverse supplier chain as part of our ongoing procurement plans.


Learn more about our Supplier Diversity program

As a socially responsible corporate citizen, we continuously seek opportunities to make a difference. Our community involvement, inclusion and diversity initiatives, and sustainability efforts are all products of a culture formed over 155 years ago to be a force for good in our region and our industry.


Read our latest Corporate Responsibility Report