Strength through diversity. Access through equity. Respect through inclusion.
Bremer recognizes both the impact that banks can have on their communities as well as the historical role banks played in enforcing systemic racism. Our purpose, instilled in us by our immigrant founder, is to cultivate thriving communities. We can only achieve it when every person in our communities, regardless of background, has an opportunity to thrive. And we are committed to paving a more equitable path forward.
Bremer is committed to doubling the percentage of people of color in our workforce by 2027
of Bremer employees have completed discrimination and harassment training
of Bremer employees completed diversity, equity and inclusion training
Bremer is cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is empowered to be their authentic self and feels a sense of belonging. We know that the more we understand our differences, the better we can appreciate, value and embrace what makes each one of us unique.
Reflecting the communities where we live and work, Bremer aspires to further enrich our culture by fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, building on the legacy of our immigrant founder.
Every Bremer employee is mandated to take DEI training. Trainings for 2022 include unconscious bias and microaggression curricula, with an additional hiring practices training required for managers.
Bremer’s internal diversity council is tasked with establishing company strategies with a DEI lens. We’ve begun exploring vendor partnerships to ensure we are intentionally partnering with diverse-owned vendors.
We’re partnering with Genesys Works to help underserved young adults find career success and upward mobility within Bremer.
Our DEI goals are integrated into our key performance indicators, ensuring that DEI is intrinsic to how we measure success.
Banking small business is a Bremer expertise. We’ve increased our investments in small businesses owned by historically underrepresented groups by bringing in diverse talent that is specialized in this area.
Already an area of focus, Bremer has sharpened its emphasis and expanded its work on affordable housing and mortgage lending, bringing on more staff dedicated to CRA-qualified lending and increasing our first-time homebuying education efforts.
Bremer is building a full-service branch on Lake Street in Minneapolis, a historically underserved neighborhood. This location is the first as Bremer works to listen and learn from local BIPOC community leaders and establish a greater presence in underserved areas.
In 2021, Bremer was a presenting sponsor of the BEE Marketplace, which helped fund marketing, grants and other initiatives.
Bremer has supported Minnesota Africans United through a variety of programs and tools that support financial literacy, homeownership, entrepreneurship and building generational wealth.
Bremer donated $50,000 to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in 2021 in conjunction with the opening of a new St. Paul Midway branch.
As part of a larger relationship with the St. Paul Area Chamber, Bremer has been a proud presenting sponsor of the chamber’s Equity Leadership Series the past several years.
Bremer has been a longtime partner of Project Success and has helped facilitate the Project Success Institute’s Financial Literacy Certificate Program.
In 2021, Bremer was a proud sponsor of the American Indian OIC’s #NativeRise event, which brought together leaders throughout Minnesota’s urban American Indian community.