Nationwide in top ten employer lists for gender and race for the third year running

02 December 2014

Nationwide Building Society has been ranked in the top ten private sector organisations for gender and race equality for the third year in a row.

The top 10 lists, published by Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity – the gender and race campaigns from Business in the Community (BITC) – also show how Britain's biggest building society was rated Platinum for its gender diversity work and Gold for race diversity.

The top 10, which is not in a ranked order, is published in the results of the UK’s most comprehensive Gender and Race Benchmark. 114 public and private sector organisations submitted workforce data on gender and race, and were assessed on a range of key areas, including career progression, recruitment, supplier diversity, and senior management and board representation of women and ethnic minorities.

Tony Prestedge, Nationwide's chief operating officer and executive sponsor for gender diversity, said: "Receiving Platinum status for the second year running is excellent news and shows we are continuing to make sure women and men are given equal opportunities to thrive at work. Being recognised for this hard work makes us even more determined to progress female talent further through training, mentoring and support and increase the number of women at senior levels.”

Graeme Hughes, Nationwide's group distribution director and executive sponsor for race equality, said: "People are our focus at Nationwide – the diverse make-up of our 15 million customers and our 17,000 employees make us the inclusive organisation we are.  Maintaining our Gold status means we are in a strong position in this area while moving forward and continuing to develop a workforce which is reflective of the communities in which we are based. Employing the right people, regardless of their background, means we are a diverse and thriving organisation and we are delighted to have been recognised for the third year running by Race for Opportunity.”  

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Opportunity Now director Business in the Community commented: “Nationwide is one of the organisations leading the way on creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Inclusion in the Top 10 is a mark of an organisation’s commitment to creating and delivering a fair experience of work for all their employees – male and female, of all ages and from all backgrounds. This achievement should encourage other employers to move the progression of diverse talent from a diversity and inclusion initiative to a core business priority and work collaboratively to ensure that opportunities for career success are available to everyone equally.” Ends 

Notes to Editors

About Nationwide Building Society

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings and mortgage provider 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, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 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.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 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.

For more information about the Race and Gender Benchmarking Analysis, please contact Laura Cooney, Communications Officer, Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity: 020 7566 8653 / laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk

The Benchmarking Process
114 organisations took part in the 2014 Gender and Race Benchmark; 27 from the public sector and 87 from the private sector. The Benchmark Survey is formed of two parts: the Diversity Impacts Survey is a submission of workforce metrics covering women, men and BAME employers, and the Diversity Inputs Survey is a submission of supporting documentary evidence and statements.  The Top 10s have been determined from those organisations that complete both the Impacts and Inputs surveys for a given protected characteristic. Organisations that benchmark simultaneously across both protected characteristics were eligible for inclusion in all relevant Top 10s. The process is led by a Benchmarking Manager and all Benchmarking submissions were double reviewed by Business in the Community’s team of diversity experts.

About Business in the Community
Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society. We have over 30 years’ experience forging better relationships between business and society, driven by a unique collaboration of business leaders. We stimulate action by challenging and supporting thousands of businesses to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future – through our local, national and international campaigns. Business in the Community is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is president. www.bitc.org.uk

Opportunity Now is the women in work campaign from Business in the Community and Race for Opportunity is the race campaign from Business in the Community. For more information about Business in the Community’s work on diversity and inclusion please visit: www.bitcdiversity.org.uk

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