Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people. By reflecting and celebrating this diversity in our workforce, we aim to have an inclusive culture which adds real value to our business.
But diversity is not something that we merely pay lip service to. It's too important. Everyone at Santander is selected, promoted and treated on their aptitude and skills to do the job, irrespective of their gender, age, disability, race, religion & belief or sexual orientation. It makes good business sense to attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.
But what does this mean for you? In very real terms, it means nothing should hold you back.
We are proud to be members of organisations which promote equality & inclusion, including Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity , Stonewall, Employers Forum on Disability, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, Women in Banking & Finance and Working Families. We have also received external recognition for our approach to supporting diversity, with the Two Ticks - Positive about Disabled People accreditation and also being listed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our Talent and Reward programmes support all our employees to deliver their best, and a suite of benefits including the right to request flexible working, on site gyms, a 24/7 advice helpline help working parents, as well as other employees, with work-life balance.
Our commitment to gender diversity works: in 2011, our workforce is predominantly female (63%), we have a female CEO and we are proud to have a diverse Board and Executive team, with 27% and 36% female representation respectively.
We all share the responsibility to treat each other fairly and with respect. Comprehensive training and carefully refined policies ensure an employee experience enriched by equal opportunity.
We provide appropriate support for candidates/employees with disabilities; have created rooms for quiet contemplation at Head Office, and have established employee networks to focus improvements.
Our 'Best People Boss Awards' recognise those creating a more rewarding and supportive workplace. Line managers are nominated for support in areas including professional development and work/life balance.