Love goes the distance
Part of our commitment to the LGBT+ community and championing true diversity and inclusion.
Why it's still important
This year, we’re supporting and taking part in over 25 Pride celebrations around the UK. These events provide platforms for everyone in the LGBT+ community to raise awareness of the issues they face and campaign for the freedom to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.
Our commitment to equality
Championing equality, understanding, respect and inclusivity for the LGBT+ community isn’t just something we talk about, it’s in our DNA. We do it externally and internally through a broad range of activities and initiatives, including our internal Spectrum network. It’s in the way we support everyone who banks with us or works for us, and anyone who doesn’t, in the culture we’ve created together and the way we communicate with each other.
Over the years, this has included
- Supporting marriage equality bills in the UK and US
- Sponsoring Pride celebrations across the world, including sponsoring Pride in London since 2014 and supporting many regional events
- Being the first bank to promote a transgender woman to the position of branch manager
- Offering private medical cover for transitioning trans colleagues
- Being the first bank to feature LGBT couples in our advertising
- We’re a Stonewall Top 50 UK employer
- We’re part of Team Pride and the Rainbow Laces campaign
- An Open For Business partner – a coalition of global companies making the case that inclusive, diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth
Here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing to make our company a truly inclusive place to work.
When Harrison became the target of homophobic bullying, his mum Natasha was right by his side. At Pride, there will be hundreds of our colleagues standing by their side.
Going the distance
Having our support, and that of her colleagues, means Liz can be open about being a transgender woman, and stand with pride as a visible role model.
Since getting involved with our Able to Enable and Apprentice programmes, Sarah has been removing barriers to employment for people living with HIV, and helping stars like José-Luis to succeed here.
Spreading the love
Jayne and Ciara have had the confidence to be out as a couple working here from day one. This summer, they’re getting married. Congratulations, and see you at Pride .
Never backing down
When Dom was the victim of a homophobic hate crime, he did more than report it. He hasn’t stopped campaigning, marching and being an active member of our LGBT+ network since.