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Better gender diversity might have cured what ails Deutsche Bank

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Like most every other financial firm, Deutsche Bank has had its fair share of problems. FX and interest rate manipulation allegations, just to name a couple. So, how could they have avoided such calamities? More women, so suggests co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain.

Speaking at a business school in Berlin, Jain said that greater gender diversity might have helped Deutsche Bank and other banks avoid “some of the objectionable stuff” that has tarnished the industry, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Show me any monolithic organization where everyone thinks, acts, looks the same– and you’ve got a very risky organization,” said Jain, who acknowledged that, two years into his run as co-CEO, Deutsche Bank is still “not as diverse as we’d like to be.”

However, the German Bank does seem to be taking “objectionable stuff” more seriously, even though executives tend to speak rather vaguely when describing exactly what that is. Earlier this year, Deutsche Bank sent a video to all investment banking staffers explaining that “vulgar” behavior will not be tolerated.

“Some of you are still are long way from meeting our standards,” said investment banking co-chief Colin Fan. “To be absolutely clear: our reputation is everything. It’s not OK to brag or to be vulgar or indiscrete. That will have severe consequences on your career.”

The bank is also making incremental steps to improve its gender diversity, despite Jain’s admission. Deutsche just named former French regulator Sylvie Matherat to its executive committee. She’s the first woman to ever receive the honor. However, the bank’s management board remains a dude-fest.

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