IN Awards : Investor in Network Groups

IN Awards : Investor in Network Groups

Photo : Lots of smiles from the Lloyds Banking Group team – double award winners

Our finalists have over 40 employee network groups between them. They each encourage participation in their inclusive network groups and support the work of the networks at every level. With authentic support from senior leaders within each organisation, a culture where everyone, no matter their differences, can feel they can bring their full selves to work each day is driven from the very top.

BNY Mellon

As a global company with offices, employees and clients around the world, they operate across cultures and serve a broadly diverse client base. Their employee population is equally diverse. To help them succeed, they’ve worked hard to cultivate a culture that seeks out and welcomes diversity in all its dimensions. By presenting opportunities for people to network with others with whom they have shared experiences, they seek to help all of their employees around the globe feel welcomed and included. They are proud to sponsor five cross-company network groups that recognise the value of their diverse and global workforce. These are PRISM – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), WIN – Gender, IMPACT – Ethnicity and culture, HEART – Disability and wellbeing and VET-NET – Returning military.
Follow BNY Mellon on Twitter @BNYMellonCareer

Photo : Guests Matthew Thatcher, Jodene Anderson and Stewart Livingstone enjoying a pint and a glass of Barefoot Bubbly

Brown Brothers Harriman

As a privately held financial institution, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) has always been committed to open and inclusive dialogue. Over the last few years, BBH employees have created various networks to help collaborate, share ideas, and discuss issues of common interest. In 2010 these networks became formalised under the BBH Affinity Network Community, or BANC. Their mission is to promote a culture of inclusion, creating the environment and infrastructure for development of all.
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The firm sponsors over twenty network groups including Unity and the Dyslexia Network. The inclusive networks support their members in many ways, including connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their full potential. They are one of eight organisations to be recognised by Stonewall as being a Star Performer – after many years of consistent high performance. They were named one of the 2015 Top 10 Employers for Working Families in recognition of their focus on flexible working, family friendliness and the great work of the EY Parents’ Network. Listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, the firm were also double winners in the 2014 Business Disability Forum awards which recognise companies leading the way on disability in the workplace.
Follow EY on Twitter @EY_CareersUK

WINNER : Lloyds Banking Group

Our goal is to become the best bank for customers; one that truly reflects 21st century Britain in the diversity of its workforce, and consequently understands the needs of an equally diverse customer base. We want Lloyds Banking Group to be a genuinely inclusive place to work, with every colleague treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Our commitment starts at the top of the organisation. Our Group Executives sponsor our diversity programme, taking the lead on initiatives that improve both the quality of our customer service and the working environment for our colleagues. Through a range of initiatives and strategies we work hard to ensure Lloyds Banking Group is inclusive for all colleagues and customers. Our four colleague diversity networks aim to connect, support and develop colleagues from under-represented groups. Membership is open to all colleagues, and the networks particularly encourage colleagues to join as allies or supporters. They’re a part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, with more than 16,000 members between them.
Follow Lloyds Banking Group on Twitter @LBG_Diversity


The firm is home to thirteen network groups including The Jewish Network and DAWN (Disability, Ability & Wellbeing Network). Each network has specific objectives tailored to its membership and all share the aim of providing a sense of community, inspiring and supporting diverse talent and raising awareness of diversity. They feature in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100 and their LGBT+ network, GLEE@PwC, are recognised as a Highly Commended Network Group. For a record 12th year running PwC were voted the UK’s Top Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2015 survey. They were listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2015. They have been an accredited UK Living Wage Employer since the schemes introduction.
Follow PwC on Twitter @PwC_UK_Careers

The University of Manchester

Staff can join various networks representing different groups with different needs. As well as allowing particular groups to meet, discuss issues and share experiences, the networks ensure that all groups and communities are represented at their bi-annual Equality and Diversity Forum. Staff groups with representative networks include, Black and ethnic minority staff, Disabled staff, LGBT staff, International staff and Women in science and IT. They feature in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100, have been awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Job Centre Plus and were one of the first universities in the UK to have received recognition from the Equality Challenge Unit for excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.
Follow The University of Manchester on Twitter @OfficialUoM

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 was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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