Diversity and Inclusion  

Our commitment

Having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve is crucial to our ongoing success and we are committed to attracting and retaining colleagues from a diverse spectrum of society. An inclusive workplace where everyone feels they belong and where they can be their authentic selves, is at the core of our inclusion strategy. 

We are passionate about developing our colleagues and have a strong learning culture which has a clear focus around supporting colleagues to prosper at every stage of their working lives.  

Women in finance 

This year, 30% of our senior positions are filled by women against a target of 33% and we are proud to have our first female Chair in our history. 

Supporting our LGBTQ+ community 

Over the past year, we have worked closely with Stonewall to support all colleagues in feeling comfortable, safe and able to be themselves at work. This included delivering LGBTQ+ Allies and Trans Allies training.

Our networks

In 2021, our networks were key to the Society embracing and celebrating events and initiatives such as Pride, World Mental Health Day, National Inclusion Week and Black History Month.

Colleague networks 

Our colleague networks now include environment champions, mental health advocates, carers, cuppa club, colleague forum, pride, and REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage).

External networks 

We are also building our external networks across the UK, part of this included our contribution to the Building Society Association’s (BSA) response to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Bank of England’s discussion paper on the approach to diversity and inclusion within the financial services sector.

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