Pride in Nationwide

Retail Credit Risk Analyst Niki Pallett, who is Chair of the Nationwide LGBT Network

Retail Credit Risk Analyst Niki Pallett, who is Chair of the Nationwide LGBT Network

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

NATIONWIDE is celebrating after being named in the top 100 employers in a gay rights charity’s ranking of firms with good equality records.

Stonewall released its Equality index, a list of top employers, earlier this week and the Swindon-based building society came in at 86th on the list.

The position in the chart is an improvement on last year’s position of 92nd, which also earned the company a mention as a star performer.

Niki Pallett, retail credit risk analyst, who is chair of the LGBT network Supporting our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender colleagues across the Society (SOLCATS), believes the award is well deserved.

She said: “I am delighted that Stonewall has recognised Nationwide as a top 100 lesbian, gay and bisexual employer.

“It is recognition of the hard work of the employee-led network, the culture and inclusion team in HR as well as all those involved across the Society who have really built on the success of last year, when we entered the top 100 as the most improved employer.

“Nationwide has a really inclusive culture and the improvement in the index is testament to this. The creation of the SOLCATS network in 2011 has given LGBT colleagues an organised, board-level supported group that gives us an important presence in the business, and doubles as an informal support network.”

Nikki says she would have no hesitation recommending the company to anyone from the LGBT community.

“Personally, I have never felt hesitant to talk about my home-life to colleagues or felt the need to hide the fact that I am a lesbian at Nationwide, which goes to show how great the culture is here. It really is a non-issue,” she said.

“All employees understand the importance of a diverse workplace and the positive effects this has for our people.”

Social housing company Gentoo finished top of the list.

Simon Feeke, Stonewall head of workplace said: “Congratulations to Nationwide for their performance in the 2014 Workplace Equality Index.

“With the most demanding criteria to date, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively. In a tough economic environment, where employers need all of their staff to perform to their full potential, the Index remains a powerful tool for giving employers a strong competitive edge and attracting the best staff, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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6:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

swindondad says...

How can these LGBT organizations praise Nationwide when it continues to "off shore" jobs to India were same sex relationships are punishable by law.
Seems a bit two faced to me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
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How can these LGBT organizations praise Nationwide when it continues to "off shore" jobs to India were same sex relationships are punishable by law. Seems a bit two faced to me. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/world-asia-ind ia-25329065 swindondad
  • Score: 13

8:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

PaulD says...

swindondad - very good point. I wonder if the Adver has the balls to follow up on that and actually quiz Nationwide over it
swindondad - very good point. I wonder if the Adver has the balls to follow up on that and actually quiz Nationwide over it PaulD
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10:08am Fri 17 Jan 14

XXXXXXIPA says...

I was just going to ask the same question
I was just going to ask the same question XXXXXXIPA
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

I think they were hoping you didn't notice! Business seems to be built on double standards these days though.
I think they were hoping you didn't notice! Business seems to be built on double standards these days though. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ManWithCar says...

Big fuss over nothing in my opinion. I don't care who is lesbian, gay or transgender as long as they do what they're supposed to do at work. Good job we don't have these "networks" for everything - you'd be too busy sorting out the LH (Left Handed) network, the STLMH (Starting To Lose My Hair) network, the IWICTWBILTA (I Wear Inappropriate Clothes To Work But I Like The Attention) network, not forgetting the new Nationwide one, 80 members so far - BMJHGTI - B*gger, My Job Has Gone To India.
Big fuss over nothing in my opinion. I don't care who is lesbian, gay or transgender as long as they do what they're supposed to do at work. Good job we don't have these "networks" for everything - you'd be too busy sorting out the LH (Left Handed) network, the STLMH (Starting To Lose My Hair) network, the IWICTWBILTA (I Wear Inappropriate Clothes To Work But I Like The Attention) network, not forgetting the new Nationwide one, 80 members so far - BMJHGTI - B*gger, My Job Has Gone To India. ManWithCar
  • Score: 5

8:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

LolaBCN says...

Nationwide can boast all it likes about being gay-friendly but gay people want the same thing as straight people; a well paid, secure job with decent prospects. As long as Nationwide continues to employ HUNDREDS of people in Swindon through cowboy agencies on low paid, zero hours contracts with minimum chances of getting a proper full time job, all the Nationwide PRIDE marketing is just hot air.
Nationwide can boast all it likes about being gay-friendly but gay people want the same thing as straight people; a well paid, secure job with decent prospects. As long as Nationwide continues to employ HUNDREDS of people in Swindon through cowboy agencies on low paid, zero hours contracts with minimum chances of getting a proper full time job, all the Nationwide PRIDE marketing is just hot air. LolaBCN
  • Score: 3

11:46am Sat 18 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Company's can outsource their jobs to wherever is cheapest. Doesn't mean they're not good to the gays.
Company's can outsource their jobs to wherever is cheapest. Doesn't mean they're not good to the gays. Empty Car Park
  • Score: -1

2:19pm Sat 18 Jan 14

back_to_reality says...

She's right, its just not an issue. In fact its only the LGBT groups who insist on continuing to make it one. I guess some have made a career out of 'discrimination' .
She's right, its just not an issue. In fact its only the LGBT groups who insist on continuing to make it one. I guess some have made a career out of 'discrimination' . back_to_reality
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

My Mother thought Gay's Pride was a type of sliced loaf... LOL :-)
My Mother thought Gay's Pride was a type of sliced loaf... LOL :-) Empty Car Park
  • Score: -1

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