Nationwide Building Society has entered the list of Top 100 employers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, as well as being recognised as the most improved employer. Stonewall the leading lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity. Workplace Equality Index is an annual measure of the progress organisations have made towards creating an inclusive workplace for their lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
The Stonewall Equality Index recognised the work of Nationwide’s employee led LGBT network which has engaged in a range of activity since being formally established in 2011. Chaired, run and managed by employees with support from the Board, the group is inclusive and open to all employees with an interest in LGBT issues, and regularly provides both personal and professional advice for employees. It has an intranet site with the opportunity for daily dialogue; holds drop in sessions, issues internal communications and updates the business. In 2012, with the guidance from their executive sponsor, Chris Rhodes, the group also:
- Promoted and marketed Nationwide products at the Brighton Gay Wedding Show
- Is working with the business to develop the use of same sex couples in marketing material
- Ensured all mortgage and wedding related marketing material includes same sex civil as well as heterosexual partnerships
Chris Rhodes, executive sponsor of Nationwide’s LGBT network said: “For Nationwide, diversity is about recognising how difference makes our business stronger through the introduction of new perspectives and by reflecting the many communities we serve. We are immensely proud to be recognised for our work in creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for our lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. The achievement has, in no small measure, been buoyed by the efforts of our thriving LGBT network, which has formally established itself to ensure it is effective at making a difference. Our people are among the best in the industry and I am proud of the difference they make to the quality of products and services we deliver to our members.”
This award has added to other recent recognition for Nationwide. This includes the achievement of Gold status and a top ten place in both the Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity benchmarks. The gender and race campaigns run by Business in the Community, which highlight the best performing organisations in terms of progressing staff from ethnic minorities or promoting gender equality also recognised Nationwide for the work it has done in this space. Nationwide Building Society was one of only two financial organisations to appear in both of the top ten lists.
Notes to editors:
Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings provider and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.
Customers can manage their finances in a branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 16,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.