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Corporate Social Responsibility

As well as looking after our own community in our members, we believe that it is important to give back to our local community too, when possible. In doing this we’ve partnered with local charity Seashell Trust, providing them with support in the shape of donations as well as with the running of events.

Shepherds Friendly and Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust is a charity based in Cheadle Hulme close to our Head Office. They provide care for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities which, in some cases includes those with little or no language abilities. They look to provide a creative, happy and secure environment for those that they care for, and it was their outstanding work and commitment that caught our eye.

We started working with Seashell Trust in 2013, at first visiting them to meet their staff and students. Since then we have held internal fundraisers at our Head Office as well as support sessions where members of staff have visited the charity to provide help in maintaining the site and running events.

Some of the work we have done with Seashell Trust includes:

We hope to continue to provide Seashell Trust with support, to aid them with the fantastic work they do to provide their students with a friendly, fun and secure environment.

You can follow the work we do with them on our Twitter page, and by monitoring the news section on our website.

How to donate

If you would like to find out more about the Seashell Trust or would like to make a donation to their cause, then please visit their website for more details.


Women in Finance Charter

Shepherds Friendly is proud to be a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter.

Our core principles are deeply rooted in fairness and mutuality which, by definition, depends upon sharing and relationships. We therefore believe that equality and diversity are vital to our values as a business.

This is why we have chosen to sign the Women in Finance Charter and create a pledge that will help us to maintain and further improve the gender balance of employees within the Society.

The Charter was introduced by HM Treasury to help empower and harness the talents of women within the finance sector. It is a commitment from the Treasury and signatories to do their part in building a more balanced and fair industry.

All signatories are required to make a pledge to take real action against gender inequality, which involves:

Find out more about the Women in Finance Charter.

Our pledge

As of 30th September 2020, we have 26% female representation in senior management. Our target is to reach 30% women in senior management by the end of 2021. In order to achieve this, we plan to undertake development activities that will support the career progression of our female staff to senior management positions. We also aim to ensure that our staff gender split remains around 50/50.

Women in Finance