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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We’re passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Find out a little more about what this means at Saga below.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Championing diversity is important to us, and diverse teams really are the best ones. We’re passionate about creating a culture where every colleague feels like they belong. So that at Saga, more than anywhere else, you can be your best, be yourself and make a difference.

We’re proud to partner with leaders in this space:

Logos for the Centre for Ageing Better, 30% Club, Disability Confident Employer, Race at Work Charter, Age-Friendly Employer, Educating Matters, The Big Window, Pregnancy Loss Pledge, Amazing If, Tech Talent Charter, and Menopause Friendly Employer

Equal opportunities for all

We’ve taken great steps to create a culture with diversity, equity, and inclusion at its heart. 

In support of our Equal Opportunities Policy, Saga is committed to ensuring our attraction, recruitment, promotion, and training practices all include barrier-free, fair, objective, and inclusive processes. All decisions relating to employment and our colleague lifecycle are free from bias and based solely upon work criteria and individual merit.

We have held bespoke DE&I training for all our leaders and Recruitment Team to ensure that we really bring this to life in the decisions that we make. 

We are proud partners of Moving Ahead’s 30% Club programmes, with the global mission of enhancing the representation of under-represented groups in leadership positions. We were delighted to have won the Most Dynamic Mentoring Organisation of the Year in the 2022 awards.

Most Dynamic Mentoring Organisation award

At Saga our customers are over the age of 50 and we aspire to be a leading voice in changing the conversation of age in the UK – championing an age inclusive place of work and challenging the ageism we see in wider society. The launch of our Grandparents Leave policy was the beginning of this journey, and we continue to work hard in this space. 

We also have an active DE&I strategy which includes frequently engaging with our colleagues. Be it through Inclusion Forums with our Executive Team, working groups, in-person and virtual speaker events or panel discussions. We welcome colleague feedback and involvement in continuing to challenge our ways of working and move us forward. 

Pride

We are proud to support LGBTQIA+ colleagues and have an active LGBT+ community and working group. Throughout the year, we have ongoing activity to help foster a positive work environment and promote collaboration among colleagues.

We also mark Pride with a month of activity and in the past have worked with the Silver Rainbows to challenge perceptions around what it means to be older and part of the LGBT+ community. 

Our Pride month activities include guest speakers, inclusion forums, colleague videos, and policy updates. We also donate to Folkestone Pride and we couldn’t be prouder to be a main sponsor of this annual event, and in 2023, Saga had a presence in the Brighton Pride Parade.

Gender Pay Gap

We support the Government’s ambition to address the gender pay gap. And like most organisations, we’re working hard to reduce ours. We’re delighted that our gender pay gap has decreased in the last year, and we have again made firm commitments to further drive improvements. Our firm to equal pay for equal work is central to this. Read our Gender Pay Report here.

Colleague stories 

We’re proud to have so many incredible colleagues across our business who all play a significant role in our success. Click here to meet a few of them and find out about their careers at Saga.  

Wellbeing

Looking after our colleagues and their wellbeing is our top priority. We have 28 fully-trained Mental Health First Aiders across our business who are always on-hand to help support colleagues. We have an Employee Assistance Programme which can be accessed via a helpline or online portal - there's someone to talk to and share concerns with at any time. We also offer all colleagues a range of physical, mental and financial wellbeing benefits too. But we’re not stopping there – Wellbeing is a growing area of focus for Saga, and a key workstream of our people strategy.

Supporting our people

Supporting our colleagues through life events is really important to us. 

We have enhanced family friendly policies and have removed all eligibility requirements from these – meaning all colleagues can access them from their first day of joining us.

We’re also delighted to have been independently accredited as a Menopause Friendly Employer. Our Menopause Matters support group is a community where we share our lived experiences and knowledge, and as a result we also introduced a managers guide and upskilled a variety of colleagues to become Menopause Champions. We have held multiple events and have a dedicated area in our internal library of resources. We’re really proud of all the great work we’ve done in this space.

Our radically flexible approach to work means that colleagues can choose where they work best to help them be happy, healthy, and productive. This can be entirely from home, in one our hubs, or a hybrid mix of both.

Being there for our colleagues through all life events also means supporting them at difficult times, and we have brought in some new policies to support in this space, including a Pregnancy Loss policy with paid leave. We are also a proud signatory of the Pregnancy Loss Pledge with the Miscarriage Association.

We also have a number of colleague-led internal networks providing a space to share lived experience, knowledge and allyship. Our Saga networks play a vital role in shaping our plans and solutions in creating and diverse and inclusive culture.

We are committed to continuously improving and reviewing our policies to make sure that they support all our colleagues in the best way.