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The Co-operative Bank - Proud to be inclusive

12 August 2019

As a major employer in Manchester and the North West of England, we have always had a passion for inclusivity in our community, where everyone has a place. That’s why we are proud to be a sponsor at this year’s Manchester Pride Festival, for the fourth year running, celebrating LGBT+ communities, as well as continuing to support equality and acceptance for all.

Our workplace culture reflects our co-operative values and ethics, and we are driven by our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity. Proud Together is one of the many colleague networks within The Bank that were set up to embrace an inclusive working culture, offering support and information for everyone.

Our LGBT+ network Proud Together aims to create an environment of equality, support and fairness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender colleagues so that they can be themselves and thrive within the Bank. It’s an open and inclusive group that welcomes all colleagues to celebrate and promote LGBT+ issues both inside and outside of the Bank.

Chris Wilkin, Project Manager and Ambassador for Proud Together said;

“It’s really fantastic that our Bank is yet again involved in Manchester Pride, which will be bigger than ever before, with colleagues from all across our Bank, especially the Proud Together network getting excited for the weekend.

This year’s theme of ‘The future of equality’ has really resonated with colleagues who work at a Bank with a long history of campaigning, and it’s been inspiring to hear their visions for a more inclusive society where everyone is free to be themselves and are valued for what makes them different and unique.”

I can’t wait to take part in this year’s Pride again, alongside my colleagues and the wider LGBT+ community, celebrating inclusion and diversity in our home city of Manchester. If you’re in the city why not come along and support us?”

The Co-operative Bank

Find out more about our commitment to inclusivity here.

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