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Leeds Building Society celebrates diversity accreditation achievement

Leeds Building Society is celebrating having secured recognition of its commitment to leading diversity in its workforce.

The Society is proud to be the first financial services organisation to receive Leaders in Diversity accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity, demonstrating a strong commitment from senior leadership to diversity and inclusion.

This success follows the Investors in Diversity status achieved by the Society in July 2016, another first within the financial services industry.

“We’re the fifth largest building society in the UK employing more than 1,400 colleagues across 55 branches and four large offices,” said Becky Hewitt, Leeds Building Society’s Director of People.

“Delivering the best service to our members underpins our business and to make that happen every day that we need to attract and retain the best talent.

“As a progressive, supportive employer we work hard to ensure the Society remains a great place to work, with an inclusive culture which enables all colleagues to flourish without barriers.

“This accreditation is fantastic recognition of our existing good policies and practice, and an endorsement of our future plans.”

The accreditation process acknowledged progress in establishing colleague forums to further promote gender equality and mental health awareness; the training of Mental Health First Aiders; the launch of a colleague social media app; sharing good practice with industry peers; and setting up a specialist team offering extra support to customers in challenging circumstances.

Solat Chaudhry, CEO of the National Centre for Diversity said: “Congratulations to all the colleagues and leaders at Leeds Building Society for achieving our prestigious Leaders in Diversity standard. It demonstrates commitment to building a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Like all organisations that achieve our coveted standard, Leeds Building Society was able to evidence everything it does in a practical way.

“Leeds Building Society will automatically be entered into our national grand awards to take place in London in 2019. Investors in Diversity and our Leaders In Diversity standards help companies and organisation achieve EDI through colleague engagement  and a review of activities. This creates an approach to that is structured, planned and embedded at the heart of what they do in terms of strategy, leadership, recruitment, recognition and positively influencing their supply chain.”


Notes to Editors

Picture caption: Leeds Building Society Director of People Becky Hewitt accepts Leaders in Diversity award from Solat Chaudhry, CEO of the National Centre for Diversity

Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK and in Gibraltar and has assets of £19.5bn at 30 June (£17.3bn at 30 June 2017). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.

National Centre for Diversity

The National Centre for Diversity aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices, to positively influence beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding EDI. As well as equality standards, the NCD provides e-learning programmes, face-to-face training, consultancy and EDI events.

The Grand Awards 2019 take place on Thursday 17th January 2019 at the Hotel Ibis, Earls Court, London. And celebrates and rewards the dedication of the people and teams who continue to make a significant contribution, to improving the culture and practices of their organisations.