Disability & long-term health conditions
Inclusion without exception
We’ve worked hard to put inclusion at the heart of everything we do, so that each of you is welcomed and accepted exactly as you are. In a post-covid world, we’ll continue to ensure individual needs are as supported as they can be at any stage in your life and career.
More than 1 million people living with a disability in the UK are able and willing to work but unable to find employment*. As at 30 September 2021 our data tells us that 2.49% of our colleagues have shared that they have a disability or long-term health condition, which is significantly lower than the national statistics indicating that 19% of working age adults are disabled**. We’re committed to increase this representation across the bank in the medium and long-term to 8% representation by 2025 and 10% by 2030.
*YouGov poll 2019** Family Resource Survey 2019-20
“Our Purpose requires us to be bold and take action, so I’m delighted that after lots of hard work over the past few years we’ve been awarded Disability Confident Leader status across our organisation. It demonstrates our commitment to provide an inclusive environment for all colleagues, including colleagues with disabilities and long-term health conditions”
James Peirson, General Counsel & Purpose Officer
Our action plan
To help us achieve our commitments and create a bank that is more representative of the communities in which we live and work, we have taken the following action;
A Life More Virgin
While we’re delighted to have been recognised as Leaders in the Disability Confident programme – a visible commitment from us, not just about making pledges but taking action to be the best we can be – there is more we can do and we are committed to keep making progress in this space.
A Life More Virgin is our new approach to work that provides colleagues with the flexibility and digital capability to work in a way that enables them to be at their best, taking into account their stage of lives and career, and allowing them to adjust their working approaches around what’s important to them.