Bank of Ireland is introducing mandatory Inclusion Diversity Training for all of its near ten thousand staff.

It's part of a range of initiatives being introduced by the bank to help promote greater ethnic diversity within its workforce.

As part of the plan, around 2,200 managers across the bank's operations will have completed unconscious bias training by December.

"This training, designed to help colleagues recognise often unconscious attitudes which can affect how they engage with each other, will help build a stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive organisation," the bank said in a statement.

The bank is also introducing an ethnic minority talent programme, called RISE, designed for staff members whose ethnicity and race are not those of the majority group.

The aim of the programme is to equip them with the skills and knowledge to support their progression into management positions.

It has also introduced a recruitment charter which sets out its commitment to diverse hiring as well as changes to its HR systems to record diversity data among its workforce.

"Any successful company should be reflective of its customer base and the communities it serves. That delivers better customer outcomes and a relationship with your customer over the much longer term," Matt Elliott, Chief People Officer at Bank of Ireland said.

"Diversity challenges 'groupthink' and that is especially important when we consider how we will develop our business into the future. If everyone - broadly speaking - looks the same, sounds the same, has the same world view, and the same set of experiences, that is a risk for any company," he added.