A place to belong Diversity and inclusion

At Coventry Building Society, we have a clear purpose - to give people the power to be better off through life.

We’ve seen a lot of changes since we were founded in 1884, but our focus on people and our commitment to doing the right thing by them has never faltered.

We have a shared goal to create an inclusive and inspiring workplace, fully representative of the membership and communities we serve.

Teams need different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to make better decisions. Curiosity about others’ points of view leads to more ideas, better problem solving and better outcomes.

A culture where difference is valued and people can be their true selves at work is more likely to inspire brilliance and create a sense of belonging. And research shows that companies that have higher levels of gender and racial diversity in senior roles perform better.

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A word from our Executive sponsor…

  • We are a mutual organisation with a strong members-first ethos, brilliant people and a focus to make a real difference in the communities we serve. We know that to do that, we need people of all backgrounds and perspectives at the table, and on the senior leadership team. We have a lot of work to do, but I am fully committed to ensuring this organisation is a truly inclusive workplace that reflects the full diversity of the city of Coventry and the wider UK.

    Peter Frost, Chief Customer Officer and Executive D&I sponsor

Right now, we’re a long way from representing the full diversity of our membership and communities, especially in our leadership. We’re committed to changing that. By the end of 2025, we want 40% of our senior management roles to be held by women, and 10% of all senior management roles to be held by colleagues from Black, Asian and other under-represented ethnic backgrounds. And we’re working hard to improve the representation of different sexual orientations, gender identities, disability, backgrounds and thinking styles in our workforce.

We can do more to tackle inequality and unfairness when we see it. It’s our responsibility to stand up for anyone who experiences inappropriate behaviour. It’s everyone’s responsibility at the Coventry to speak up when we spot ways we can be better, and to help each other learn and grow.

We care about our people and we have no tolerance for any form of discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We seek to go beyond what’s legally required and we stand against harassment and bullying of anyone for any reason, whether it be gender expression, dress, appearance, mental health or any other part of people’s identity.

As just one symbol of our commitment to becoming an actively anti-racist organisation, we’ve signed up to the Race At Work Charter and will be publishing regular updates on the action we’re taking.

We recognise that everyone is different. We each have a unique identity that’s deeply complex and personal. But feeling included should be straightforward and simple, like everything else we do. It’s the way work should be - for everyone.

If you are interested in a career with us and have specific requirements you want to discuss in more detail, please get in touch, we’d be keen to explore how we can best support you.

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