Clarien Bank Donates $10,000 To OutBermuda

August 30, 2019

Saying it is part of their “ongoing commitment to Diversity & Inclusion,” Clarien announced that it has donated $10,000 to OUTBermuda, a registered charity which supports the LGBTQ community in Bermuda.

“Starting in October, the bank will introduce several new Diversity & Inclusion [D&I] initiatives internally to increase awareness, enable open and honest communication amongst its staff and further drive accountability throughout the organization,” a spokesperson said.

“Clarien has pledged to continue creating safe spaces where all team members can feel respected and comfortable bringing their full selves to work. The $10,000 donation to OUTBermuda made this week is just one of the actionable steps the bank is making to take a stand for diversity and inclusion.

Ian Truran, Clarien’s CEO; Zakiya Johnson Lord, OUTBermuda Deputy Chairperson; Michael DeCouto, Clarien’s SVP, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer; and Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, OUTBermuda Deputy Chairperson.

Clarien Bank Bermuda Aug 2019

Michael DeCouto, Clarien’s Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, said: “Diversity and Inclusion is of the utmost importance to us at Clarien and we continue to implement policies and a robust framework that embrace and support equality in the workplace for our employees, no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

“We are honoured to support OUTBermuda with a $10,000 donation and believe in the incredible work they do to educate residents on the importance of diversity and inclusion for all people. This is a particularly exciting time in the Island’s history as many local residents and visitors prepare to celebrate the inaugural Bermuda Pride Parade tomorrow.

“Throughout Hamilton, a growing number of businesses have shown their backing of the LGBTQ community in Bermuda – and Clarien is no exception. We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take time out to learn more about OUTBermuda and the essential work they’re doing to better Bermuda.”

Speaking for OUTBermuda, Board Member Zakiya Johnson Lord said: “We are deeply grateful to Clarien Bank for their generous support for OUTBermuda’s mission. Through our work, we believe that every single LGBTQ person in Bermuda deserves love, dignity and equality in life. These funds not only help support our critical programming, but help to build a better and more accepting Bermuda for all of us.”

OUTBermuda, which officially became a registered charity in May 2016, seeks to raise awareness about issues in the LGBTQ community on the Island – such as workplace inclusiveness, bullying in schools and unequal treatment under the law.

The not-for-profit provides educational resources on issues such as diversity, inclusiveness, awareness and acceptance as it relates to LGBTQ people; it also seeks generally to advance human rights, conflict resolution and the promotion of equality and diversity relating to the LGBTQ community on the Island.

As a community-focused and client-driven company, Clarien gives generously to charitable causes throughout the year. This past April, the Bank donated $106,000 to six not-for-profit organisations including The Reading Clinic, Family Centre, PALS, WindReach Bermuda, Team Hurricane Basketball Academy and the Construction Association of Bermuda.

Additionally, in June the Bank made a donation of $10,000 to athletic support charity The Flora Fund, founded by hometown hero Flora Duffy. The donations were all made through The Clarien Foundation, a charitable trust that oversees all charitable efforts and donations made by Clarien. For more information visit

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  1. Onion Juice says:

    Gotta withdraw now.

    • time to increase my accounts says:

      at Clarien Bank

    • Alyssia says:

      I’m sure they’re be devastated by that news!

    • Anbu says:

      Doubt theyd care. Pretty sure you r a small fry

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      You don’t live here anyways…bye!

    • Toodle-oo says:

      I thought de oligarchy made sure you didn’t have anything ?

    • Question says:

      No surprise. The last thing you lot want is equality diversity and inclusion.

  2. Jus' Askin' says:

    so happy I do not bank there ;-) ;-)

    • PBanks says:

      You’re going to find yourself short on options considering BNTB’s stance and HSBC’s stance. Perhaps the time’s right for BIU Credit Union to aggressively market itself?

    • Real Deal says:

      me as well bank have long been apart of the system that oppress.Bitcoin is going to be my future

  3. Jerry says:

    So awesome singing the sound of music

    “How do you solve a problem like Maria?
    How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
    How do you find a word that means Maria?
    A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!“

  4. kevin says:

    Well where you going to put it in your mattress both other banks are supporters as well
    people with blinders will only be followers keep it up OJ you are doing a fantastic job

  5. Mike Hind says:

    Look at how petty these anti-equality folks are…

    It’s so sad.

    • Mich Smith says:

      It was petty for the ObA not to pASS the law when they had the chance. It only proved that they didn’t care and you still voted for them. What a fool you R a$$!

      • Mike Hind says:

        Yep. And I was VERY outspoken about the OBA’s cowardice on this subject.
        What’s your point?

        Oh, wait. I’m white, so I must be a rabid OBA supporter, right?

        Or is it that I, someone who openly supports LGBT rights and Marriage Equality, should have voted for the PLP, a party who outright stated that they would try to hurt the people I stand up for?

        I don’t support EITHER party because I don’t believe either of them are going to work for what’s best for our country.

        A vote isn’t support.

        For decades, Bermudians haven’t voted FOR a party, yhey’ve Voted AGAINST the other one.
        The evidence of this is the absolutely empty platforms BOTH parties put out every election.

        But you don’t care about that, do you?

        You’re just here to push a biased political narrative, aintcha?

      • question says:

        As it turned out, there was actually no need to pass a new law in the first place. The Bermuda Constitution already allows for SSM.

        Presumably you agree that it’s petty and unconscionable that the PLP government is spending time and money attempting to persuade the courts that SSM is not allowed under the constitution. All they have to do is to cease their legal action.

      • wa says:

        ” What a fool you R a$$!”

        You’re the only fool here. LOL Hows the koolaid?

        Mich, you’re saying that the plp are no better then the OBA…we agree, you’re all a bunch of hypocrites.
        Was that your point?

  6. Joe Bloggs says:

    A wonderful gesture. I hope they are not punished by the PLP Government for supporting equal rights for all.

    • opps says:

      You mean the same way the once mighty UBP aka oba used to punish black Bermudians who spoke up. So that’s why you change the name???