We’re guided by our social purpose

We refer to this as ‘building society, nationwide’. Central to this is our mission to build a truly inclusive culture. One where everyone can thrive. And our Society reflects the diversity of the wider communities we serve.

Our inclusion and diversity mission

Find out more about how we’re building an inclusive culture. One that reflects the diversity of the wider communities we work in.

Our employee network groups

It’s vitally important that our people get the support they need. And equally important that our Society appreciates and understands their diverse needs.

Our eight employee networks play a crucial role in doing this. They provide a space for people to share what’s important to them, what they feel is working well and what we could do better.

It’s through this dialogue that we can improve how we work and build an inclusive culture.

Gender, ethnicity, disability and LGTBQ+

We encourage our people and members to share ideas and experiences with us. And equally we’re happy to share how we’re doing with them.

This section will tell you more about the progress we have made.


61.7% female representation

Female representation across the Society has remained steady at 61%-65% for the last three years.

33.9% women in senior management

Currently, 33.9% of our total senior management and executive population is female. We’re on track to meet our 2020 diversity measure of 33-35% representation

Ethnic diversity

11.5% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation

Ethnic diversity representation across the Society has increased from 4.8% in 2014 to 11.5% currently. This is because our staff are more comfortable declaring their ethnicity and we are working hard to attract ethnically diverse colleagues.

6.3% Ethinically Diverse in senior management

Currently, just 6.3% of our total senior manager and executive population is Ethnically diverse. We’re below our measure and taking action to increase representation.


2.8% disability representation

With 2.8% of our workforce disclosing as disabled we have met our 2020 measure to increase disclosure rates.


3.3% LGBTQ+

We encourage our employees to bring their whole selves to work and have seen declaration rates increase.

Gender and ethnicity pay gap

We’re committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Our gender and ethnicity pay gap figures help track and shape progress.

Pay gaps

Woman in finance

We want women to have a more prominent role at every level in Nationwide. It’s why we were one of the first organisations to sign up to The Women in Finance charter established by HM Treasury.

Women in finance

Our inclusion and diversity mission

We want our Society to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and we’re building an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive.

How we're doing this

Gender and ethnicity pay gap

An inclusive workplace starts with fair pay.

More about our pay gaps

Women in finance

We want to see women have a more prominent role in our workforce – especially at senior levels.

See our targets for women in finance

Our people share their stories

How are diversity, equality and inclusion creating an environment where everyone can thrive? We asked our colleagues to tell us.

Perceptions of disability

Two colleagues are helping to create a more inclusive and accessible workplace by tackling some of disability’s myths and misconceptions.


One ambitious placement student wanted more ethnic representation on our board. So some senior figures took him under their wing.

Freedom to excel

Papa explains how our Ethnicity Network gave him the confidence to shape his career – from customer representative all the way to branch manager.

An inclusive society

One transgender customer was so impressed with our Customer Service Manager's handling of his power of attorney, that he shouted about it on Twitter.

Having a voice

One customer was so inspired by our Voices campaign that he gave ordinary people a platform to be heard, he sent in his own piece on mental health.

Our Employee Network Groups

Helping our people to get the development support they need, our Employee Network Groups also grow our understanding of our employees’ diverse needs.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion networks

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion networks

Our networks provide a space for people to share what’s important to them. It’s only through this dialogue that we can improve our working practises and build an inclusive workplace for all.

Meet our Partners

Business Disability Forum

A not-for-profit membership organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.

Visit Business Disability Forum

The Valuable 500

The global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda.

Visit the Valuable 500

Business In The Community

The oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. Created by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Visit Business In The Community

Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance charity. Helping working parents and carers, and their employers, find a better balance between responsibilities at home and in the workplace.

Visit Working Families website


Working with institutions to create inclusive and accepting cultures.

Visit Stonewall

Women in Finance Charter

A commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry.

Visit Women in Finance Charter

Employers for Carers

An innovative service for employers – Helping Build carer-friendly work places.

Visit Employers for Carers