Diversity and inclusion

We're serious about equality for all

One of our shared goals is to create an inclusive and inspiring workplace, fully representative of our membership and communities we serve. Here are just a few of the things we're doing to show our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion.


Rainbow network

The Rainbow Network has over 100 members and is supported by a committee of both those in the community and allies. In 2023 the network introduced hundreds of rainbow lanyards that people wear to show visible support for LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

A rainbow flag was toured around the whole of the society, including over 60 branches up and down the country, garnishing over 800 signatures from colleagues. The flag was marched proudly overhead at Warwickshire Pride, of which the network were Gold sponsors. 


In 2023, members of the network attended an event on trust and inclusion with our top leaders. The panel Q&A discussed the topic of allyship and how our leaders can be allies to our networks.


This year will see the introduction of our Transgender & Non-binary policy, supporting our colleagues who are part of this community, and giving advice on how to provide their support and improve understanding.

D&I strategy initiatives

  • In 2022, 160-line managers took part in inclusive recruitment training
  • We’ve celebrated a number of D&I awareness dates, including Trans Day of Visibility. As part of this, we’ve encouraged conversations on Engage, which have resulted in over 7,000 views
  • We’ve held a two-day workshop on trust and inclusion with our top leaders. 94% of attendees felt a greater sense of trust and inclusion within the EL and FL community, and 94% of attendees felt more confident in acting in support of the topics in their own areas.

Pride Month

  • Members of the network will be hosting an online session about the History of Pride, as well as hosting a guest speaker from wider in the local community.
  • They will also be hosting a stall at our 140 year celebrations, where we are reliably informed rainbow cakes will make an appearance.
  • The network will be sponsoring Warwickshire Pride again this year – we hope to see you there.
Warwickshire pride event 2022