Building on our carbon reduction of 8% since 2012, we purchased green electricity and 2,176 TCO2e carbon offsets to achieve net zero emissions. These offsets are helping to fund two Gold Standard projects, one in Vietnam providing Household Agricultural Biogas and the other in Uganda providing improved cooking stoves for rural communities.
These projects were chosen as they deliver both carbon emission reductions and socio-economic benefits which align with our Society Matters priorities of providing life-changing support to people in challenging situations and helping local communities to thrive.
These projects will provide financial security and economic growth to people who benefit from them, helping to alleviate poverty and provide a secure and sustainable energy source in the regions in which they are implemented. To date, through the support of CarbonNeutral®, the Uganda project has provided more than 480,000 stoves benefitting 2.4 million people whilst the Vietnam project has installed over 158,000 biogas plants across 53 provinces.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
We've reduced our environmental impact, and in 2016 we were certified as CarbonNeutral®.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.