In 2018 we implemented a decency and fairness charter, which encourages colleagues to be curious about differences and build relationships beyond their own team and peer group. As part of this, we organised our first decency and fairness conference with representatives from more than 30 different businesses attending to talk about how we can better work together to build more inclusive workplaces.
Alongside the Decency and fairness charter and conference, we ran unconscious bias workshops, attended by around 500 colleagues from across the business, and during National Inclusion Week in September we invited office colleagues to take part in activities such as transgender awareness sessions and sign language masterclasses. Our branches also held ‘inclusion starts with a hello’ chats, encouraging colleagues to get to know each other better and to celebrate difference.
These activities are having a positive impact on how colleagues feel about the Society and the diversity of talent we’re able to attract:
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.
We've launched a new Later Life Planning product, Pre-paid funeral plans.
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.