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Awesome staff network groups at Nationwide

Awesome staff network groups at Nationwide

Nationwide is the world’s largest building society. They don’t label people. What they do is offer a wide and growing range of inclusive networks for employees to find help, support and inspiration and they welcome participation in all our Employee Network Groups (ENGs) from everyone within Nationwide.

Each network is sponsored by a senior leader and although each group has different priorities, they work together to share views, ideas and initiatives that help the mutual financial institution develop a better understanding of the many communities that make up Nationwide. The ENGs support the delivery of their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Strategy.

“Don’t look for a label. Just ask me my name.”

Nationwide currently have seven active ENGs :

Disability Network – Enable : Supports Nationwide to become an employer of choice for disabled people who share their values. The network helps disabled employees to develop and drive their career.

Ethnicity Network – EMAH : Champions the voice of ethnic minority employees, providing opportunities to contribute views and opinions on how Nationwide can be even more diverse and inclusive.

Faith and Belief Network – FaB : Supports employees to bring their personal faith and belief to work, bringing greater fulfilment and enriching Nationwide’s culture.

Gender Network – GEM : Gender Equality Matters (GEM) is their gender employee network, renamed to reflect their view that all employees should have the opportunity to realise their potential across the society. GEM supports Nationwide to attract, develop and retain talent. Through meetings and a range of information and educational events, network members share their views.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network – LGBT@Nationwide : Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees so that they feel able to bring their whole self to work. The network collaborates with the central ED&I team to deliver activity and events that inform, educate and inspire.

Veterans and Reservist Network : Empowers veteran and reservist employees to have greater capacity to become involved in Nationwide life and delivers events and activity to celebrate armed forces heritage and culture.

Working Carers Network : Provides a safe space for employees to meet others with shared experiences and offers help and signposting to the relevant support.

And soon to launch… their new Parents Employee Network Group. Watch this space for details of this new awesome network!

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We love this awesome video. It’s set to a fantastic poem about diversity. Find out more about diversity at Nationwide and how they celebrate difference, and create a culture where employees can reach their full potential. “Don’t look for a label. Just ask me my name.”

Nobody is more influential when it comes to communicating your company’s brand and workplace culture, than the employees themselves. If you’d like to share your workplace, employee and community engagement and network group news and updates with our readers, then we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us here!

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He is a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards.

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