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Yorkshire Building Society commits to government's women in finance charter

12 July 2018

Yorkshire Building Society Group has confirmed its commitment to diversity in financial services by signing the Government’s Women in Finance Charter.

The charter represents a pledge between financial services sector organisations and the Government to work together to achieve greater diversity and a better balance of genders within the industry.

It forms part of Yorkshire Building Society Group’s wider commitment and award-winning work to embed inclusivity and diversity throughout the organisation, and supports HM Treasury in its drive to promote a balance of views, background and experience within financial services.

Joining the charter commits the Group to introducing measures to ensure senior colleagues are all involved in working to make the Group an even more welcoming, diverse and inclusive place to work.

The Women in Finance Charter builds on the work the Group has already completed to achieve a more inclusive working environment.

The Group’s diversity programme includes:

  • Ensuring an inclusive environment for all colleagues, through our Decency and Fairness campaign, including unconscious bias awareness training for all leaders;
  • Developing an accessible recruitment website which assists candidates with visual and hearing impairments to navigate the site;
  • Working with the Baroness Warsi Foundation and Creating Inclusive Cultures in Leeds to introduce local students to the workplace, build relationships with our apprentices and provide an insight into our recruitment and selection process;
  • Running successful #prideinoursociety campaigns – supporting and connecting with the LGBTQ+ community.

Mike Regnier, Yorkshire Building Society’s Chief Executive, said:

I am proud that Yorkshire Building Society is working towards improving the diversity of the financial services industry.

We have put in place measures to promote real inclusion across our business, and ensure we have a healthy mix of views, experience and background to take the best decisions for our members.

By signing the charter, we are confirming our commitment to creating a more diverse financial services sector.

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