We're a top employer for social mobility

For the third year in a row, we've been listed in the Social Mobility Foundation's index of the top 75 employers for social mobility. For 2019 we were ranked at 21 – up from 29 in 2018.

The index highlights the UK's employers doing the most to change the way they find, recruit and progress talented employees from different social class backgrounds. The top 75 includes banks, engineering firms, law firms, government departments and retailers.

Commenting on the news, Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability, said:

We're delighted to be included in the Social Mobility Employer Index. Society rightly expects companies like ours to consider a wide range of responsibilities, and we've designed our sustainability strategy to incorporate each aspect where we have influence and impact. Making sure people from all backgrounds get fair and equal opportunities to progress is a big part of this. We've been collaborating with partners across different sectors to tackle the issue, with a particular focus on young people in school and in the early stages of their careers. There's always more to be done, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the future.

David Johnston OBE, Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said:

We are delighted to see more and more employers every year taking part in our Social Mobility Employer Index. The quality of submissions this year meant we have increased the size of our Top list from 50 to 75 and it shows the very wide range of organisations trying to make progress on social mobility. Whilst no employer would say they have cracked their social mobility challenge, all of the employers in the Top list – along with those that didn't quite make it – should be congratulated for the efforts they're making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all class backgrounds.

> Read more about social mobility in our 2018 sustainability report

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