Diversity and inclusion is important for all of us. It’s about recognising and appreciating difference in everything, not just what’s immediately visible, but what people believe, how they behave and what they value. We aim to create an environment where all our colleagues can be themselves at work and develop to their full potential.
To help us with this journey we are partnering with the National Centre for Diversity - an organisation that supports businesses and helps them to understand how well fairness, respect, equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded, through the way the business operates day to day.
They do this through the Investors in Diversity accreditation process, and use a survey to understand the current position. We received 1246 responses to our first survey from colleagues’ right across the YBS Group. It helps us to understand what we need to do to maintain the good progress we’ve made and identify our improvement areas so that we can achieve our diversity and inclusion ambition.
So far we have:
“We’ve made a great start,” says Nicola, Diversity & Inclusion Manager (YBS Group). “But there’s still a lot to do to achieve our D&I ambition.” 2018 activities will include:
Stephen White, Chief Operating Officer at the YBS Group comments : “I’m delighted to be part of the Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Forum where we are leading the work towards our commitment to embed Diversity & Inclusion into the heart of everything we do. The Diversity & Inclusion action plan will provide a clear road map to enable the Group to do this”.
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
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.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
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.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.