Supporting our workforce has never been more challenging and more important than during this pandemic. As a result, we have put a number of support mechanisms in place, including helplines, a mental wellbeing app and a network of more than 100 Mental Health First Aiders – employees who are trained to support their colleagues when they need it most.
We have also:
- Continued to promote gender diversity, and aim to reach 50 per cent female representation across the group – as at December 31 2020, 30 per cent of our Board were women.
- Launched a Befriender service, whereby we’ve teamed up with three charities to make phone calls to the vulnerable.
- Partnered with a number of charities, including Wales’ Social Enterprise Academy, the Empower Foundation, LetsLocalise, Virtual Maths Club, Duke of Edinburgh, Girls Friendly Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Spark and Royal Voluntary Service. (Read more about our UK and international CSR news announcements.)
We will continue to make progress in our supply chain, using our Sustainable Sourcing Principles, which cover climate change, environmental disruptions, supporting SMEs and improving human rights.
This work has resulted in us being recognised among the Top 75 UK employers in the Social Mobility Foundation’s Social Mobility Index in 2020, reaching position 42 (up from 67 in 2019).
But there will always be so much more that we – and society – can do. That’s why our Sustainability and inclusive capitalism 2020–21 report looks not only at what we’ve done so far, but how we can pioneer the future; and, crucially, the steps we must and will take to get there, and to create a truly inclusive tomorrow that benefits everyone.