Top recognition for Nationwide’s employment policies on race and gender equality

November 19, 2013

Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society has been ranked in the top 10 private sector organisations for gender and race equality for the second year in a row.

Nationwide is the only financial services provider to have secured such a high-standing in both areas.

The lists, which are unranked, are published by Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity – the gender and race campaigns of Business in the Community (BITC). Nationwide was rated Platinum for its gender diversity work and Gold for race diversity, building on the double Gold it achieved last year.

The survey analyses a number of key areas including career progression, recruitment and senior management representation of women and ethnic minorities.

Tony Prestedge, Nationwide’s chief operating officer and executive sponsor for gender diversity, said: “We’re committed to creating a culture that is diverse and inclusive so we’re delighted to receive this recognition from Opportunity Now. 

"To be awarded Platinum status is the ultimate accolade. However there is no room for complacency. We will continue to improve gender equality across the organisation with specific focus on progressing female talent and increasing the number of women at senior levels – a concept that is fully backed at board level.”

Graeme Hughes, Nationwide’s group distribution director and executive sponsor for race equality, added: “Our culture is built around being diverse, supportive and inclusive, which is why our focus is on developing a workforce that is reflective of the communities in which we are based.

"We’re committed to employing the right people regardless of background, and to be awarded Gold status is a fantastic achievement. We will continue to do all we can to maintain and build on this strong position.”


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