Time for change
"Ever since the police killing of George Floyd highlighted the lack of racial justice in so many countries, Nationwide’s Race Together network has re-doubled their efforts to bring long overdue change to the business", says co-chair Aisha Lewis.
Nationwide sent a clear message about the Society's commitment to equality by taking part in Channel 4's Black and Proud film. Aisha herself appeared in the two-minute TV ad featuring employees from Nationwide, the NHS, Virgin Media and other big-name brands talking about what Black History Month means to them and their hopes for the future.
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A two-way dialogue
“Back in the summer, we asked the organisation to stand up to this problem and confirm silence is not an option, because we’ve been sat for too many years saying nothing and that’s why nothing’s changed,” Aisha says.
“So across a day and a half, we produced a video with 500 colleagues coming forward from all walks of life to hold up a Silence Is Not An Option card to show allyship to those that needed it the most at that time.”
The video, alongside a number of intranet articles, became the Society’s most liked and commented upon intranet post when it was launched and was later screened at an event for the Society’s top 1,000 leaders."
Then during Black History Month in October, the network ensured posters were on display in every branch across the UK and involved 5,000 colleagues in celebrating Black achievement.
The network has also helped launch a new reciprocal mentoring programme involving 80 of the Society’s most senior leaders, including Chief Executive Officer Joe Garner.
“It’s a two-way dialogue,” Aisha says.
“The idea is to help retain and progress Black and Asian talent through the organisation and at the same time help educate and support our leaders on issues they need to be consciously competent about to benefit the organisation for the way forward.”