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