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Our Differences Make the Difference

Our Differences Make the Difference

At Commerce Bank, we recognize workplace diversity makes for a stronger company. Why? If we were all the same, we’d all see problems and the world the same way. Obviously, the world isn’t that simple. Our diverse team lets us see challenges from a wide variety of perspectives.  

When it comes down to it, Commerce is just real people helping real people. Our customers are from a wide range of beliefs, races and cultures and so are our teammates. We encourage and embrace those differences because we believe it makes us stronger. We value, celebrate and leverage differences in - experience, thought, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, religion and ability, among others. 

Nurturing an inclusive and diverse workforce keeps us from seeing the world through tunnel vision and helps us innovate to better serve the needs of ALL our customers and communities. Our organization is really proud of that.

At Commerce, emphasizing our commitment to inclusion and diversity as a core component of our business strategy is one way in which we live our values. Because of this commitment, we are able to attract and retain top talent while more closely reflecting the markets we serve. It allows us to build long term, valuable relationships with both customers and suppliers, which drive efficiency and growth. Ultimately, we recognize that it places us in a stronger position for ongoing success as the demographics of our marketplace and world continue to change.

David Kemper
Chairman & CEO

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We’re Actively Seeking Diverse Talent

Being a diverse work place doesn’t happen by accident. We intentionally work to make sure our candidate pools represent the communities we serve AND that they support our efforts to create and maintain a diverse workforce throughout our organization. 

Commerce believes that our people are our most valuable, sustainable resource and our greatest competitive advantage. As such, our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture where employees 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 employees to reach their full potential, and in doing so maximize shareholder value.

Sara Foster
Chief Human Resources Officer
To reach that goal, Commerce Bank has built strong relationships with a variety of organizations to find and retain the diverse talent we need. Here are a few of the organizations we partner with:
  • Urban Financial Services Coalition
  • National Association of Black Accountants, INC.
  • MidAmerica GLCC
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • National Black MBA Association, INC.

Inclusion Councils & Employee Resource Groups

At Commerce, we actively cultivate a culture of inclusion. We’ve created Inclusion & Diversity Councils and Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to help us better understand the needs of our team members and the evolving needs of our customers and communities.

On A Mission to Hire More Veterans

Veterans are some of the true heroes in the world, and we welcome them to join our team.  We’re committed to creating an environment that helps transitioning service members and veterans re-enter and succeed in our work place.  Click here to learn more about how veterans succeed at Commerce.

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