The Group is committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive workforce where colleagues with different perspectives work together for the benefit of our customers, the communities we operate in, our company and each other. Our goal is to for our leadership and wider workforce to be representative of colleagues from all backgrounds, disciplines and experiences. To achieve this, we work hard to hire colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds and to support them to progress through our organisation. Through our #CountMeIn campaign, we monitor colleague diversity through voluntarily declared data on gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, social mobility, religion and family & caring responsibilities.
Through partnerships with external organisations focused on different elements of diversity, we continue to raise awareness and build understanding required to foster an inclusive culture. We’re proud that in our last engagement survey 83% of colleagues agreed that they could "be who they are" at Hastings and 95% said leaders treat them with dignity and respect.