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Community Bank System, Inc. Diversity Council

The Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI) Diversity Council grew from the ground up. Once the seed was planted, one person raised a hand to foster it, and then another and another. Before long, more than 100 team members volunteered to serve as Diversity Council members. The passion to support this initiative was obvious before it even had a name.

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Now, the CBSI Diversity Council includes 23 members and 83 ambassadors, all serving as representatives of our more than 3,000 employees. They are the eyes, the ears and, more importantly, the voices of the community that is our company.

Our Mission is to put faces and names to the concepts of diversity and inclusion. We are here to make sure no one feels unheard, unseen or uninvited. Through that effort, we’ll foster a culture that doesn’t just accept diversity, but values it.


“There is nothing more important to me than our culture–who we are, what our values are and how we treat each other. That certainly includes a commitment by our organization that any discrimination, racism or inequality of any kind will never be acceptable or tolerated. Our culture and our values are the source of our strength, our sustainability, and our capacity to support our employees, our communities and our shareholders. Thank you.”
Mark Tryniski, CEO and President of Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI)
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Monthly Spotlight

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we celebrate Sonia Sotomayor, who became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice on August 8, 2009. The daughter of Puerto Rican-born parents, she grew up in New York City. Sotomayor embraced her heritage and the opportunity to encourage others to achieve their own dreams. “I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that, first, I was just like them and second, if I could do it, so could they.”

Committed to Doing What’s Right

The events of 2020 re-energized our commitment to culture by focusing it on our responsibility to foster equality and equity. We’re looking to our company’s culture—one that we’re already proud of—and we’re giving it new purpose to make it even better.

Celebrating Diversity Year-Round
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Support by the Forkful

A group of 11 Community Bank team members recently volunteered to support Fork Over Love and provide more than 300 meals to our neighbors in the Wilkes-Barre area. Fork Over Love’s mission is to help communities thrive by purchasing dinners from small, local restaurants and distributing those dinners in nearby neighborhoods, benefiting two groups that have been hit so hard by the pandemic.

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A Cultural Celebration

In July, we sponsored the Community Diversity and Spirit Event that was put on by the Rotary Club of Essex, Vermont. The event featured a 50/50 raffle to benefit VIEW (Voices for Inclusion in Essex & Westford), a community group focused on organizing educational events. It also featured multicultural food trucks and music representing different cultures.

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