As a large employer we encourage our staff to be involved in their communities, either through financial contribution or with their time and expertise.

We also support local communities through volunteering. This gives our staff the opportunity to develop new skills while helping their community. Our employees undertook over 1,000 days of volunteering in 2011 on community projects and fund-raising activities (2010:
893 days).

Our policy is to treat employees without discrimination and to operate equal opportunity employment practices designed to achieve this end. The Group’s policy on diversity includes giving full and fair consideration to applications for employment made by all persons; to continue, wherever possible, the employment of staff who become disabled and to provide equal opportunities for the training and career development of all employees.


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