8 July 2015: I’m absolutely delighted that Nationwide has been named one of the UK’s top Responsible Businesses by Business In The Community. It’s a huge achievement, both for our employees and our members, and is testament to the mutual values that we as a building society hold so dear.
Over the last few years the financial services sector has been under the spotlight and many companies have been found wanting when it comes to their impact on customers, employees and the wider community. However, Nationwide has continued to show how being a successful and sustainable business can go hand-in-hand with doing the right thing.
By putting people at the heart of what we do we’ve been able to demonstrate there’s a better way to do business. Whether that’s offering best-in-class customer service, looking after vulnerable customers, paying the Living Wage to our employees and being a flag-bearer for the campaign on the high street, or supporting the military community, our philosophy remains the same; we’re firmly on the side of our members, employees and society.
I strongly believe that by acting in a responsible way we can address some of the most pressing social challenges.
I strongly believe that by acting in a responsible way we can address some of the most pressing social challenges that matter most to our members and show how we can be a force for good in the financial services sector. This is reflected by the successful campaigns Nationwide has championed, calling for equal investment limits for cash and stocks and shares ISA savers, as well as the overhaul of the Stamp Duty regime to the benefit of the vast majority of homebuyers.
The Responsible Business of the Year Award is given to the UK company most effectively incorporating responsibility into their core strategies and decision making, and how that’s embedded across the whole business and supply chain. Nationwide was shortlisted in the top five for its continued work putting the customer at the heart of its business and leading the financial services sector in pursuing a people-focused strategy. We were shortlisted alongside some of the UK’s leading responsible businesses.
This latest accolade follows Nationwide being ranked sixth in the Sunday Times’ list of the Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2015, and being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, recognising us as a leading workplace for gender equality.
Importantly, we won’t rest on our laurels. Achievements like Responsible Business and being named a leading employer are also a measure of how well we’ve done in meeting our own high standards – and those standards will not drop even when the celebrations of our achievements are over.