We are proud to announce that on 11th July we joined 271 banks, building societies and other institutions tied to the sector, who have agreed to adopt the principles from the Charter. This now covers over 760,000 financial services employees in the UK.
The Financial Services sector as a whole has had a long-standing problem with gender diversity at senior level. The Women in Finance Charter is a pledge for gender balance across financial services from HM Treasury. It is a commitment to work together, across our industry and Government, to build a more balanced and fair financial services industry.
To achieve this we have set a target of achieving a 50/50 female/male split across all colleagues at senior manager level and above, with a minimum of 40% of either gender. As of 11th July, the current split is 42% women and 58% men.
Our approach is about much more than meeting our targets and we’re not limiting our work to gender diversity. We’re doing a lot of work to build a more diverse business, such as providing unconscious bias training to all managers, ensuring that people who are making decisions about the future of our Society bring a wide range of experience and understanding to their roles. We believe that, by valuing diversity of background, thought and outlook, we can make better decisions across our business, which will ultimately benefit our members.
For more information about the Women in Finance Charter please click here.
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.