Pepper Money ends a month of activity to promote D&I

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Pepper Money hosted a series of events and discussions to mark its Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Awareness Month.

The events were designed to recognize and celebrate the similarities and differences of the people working at Pepper Money.

These included a panel discussion with Martin Reynolds, Managing Director of SimplyBiz Mortgages, on jokes and stereotypes, an event on demystifying neurodiversity, a workshop on inclusive leadership and unconscious bias for managers and a session on being an ally in the workplace.

There was also an “ask the expert” session on menopause and a fireside chat on religion and beliefs.

Pepper Money offers a comprehensive suite of first and second charge specialty buy-to-let and residential mortgage products for customers whose needs may be underserved by traditional banks and building societies.

The lender said it uses financial inclusion as a guiding principle, offering affordable home loans to a wide group of customers, including those who have experienced credit problems, are self-employed, work as entrepreneurs, earn a variable income or simply because their situation requires a more considered approach.

Atlyn Forde, Chair of Pepper’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Senior Executive Data Analytics, said, “We are incredibly proud of all of our employees. And we want to keep doing everything we can to make Pepper an even better place to belong and to work. In the past four weeks, we shared and celebrated our many similarities – through a series of face-to-face and virtual workshops and discussions. These have helped people become more aware of their colleagues’ experiences, share insights on challenging topics, and take time to reflect on their role in creating an inclusive work environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Paul Adams, Director of Sales at Pepper Money, said, “I participated in the Menopause Q&A session and found it to be incredibly powerful and informative. I’m sure the more time we spend educating ourselves about issues that can impact our friends and colleagues, the more successful we will be in our business and in our lives.

Martin Reynolds, Managing Director of SimplyBiz Mortgages, said: “Every office needs a sense of camaraderie, but while a comment here or a scathing quip there may seem harmless, it can potentially be very damaging. Brokers like to talk with lenders and vice versa on a day-to-day basis, especially those who work alone, but we all need to understand the clues and know where to draw the line.

“We all need to be aware that what we say can be misinterpreted, especially by someone with different life experiences. That’s why it’s so vital to talk about what’s okay and what’s not, where the line is, and why that line matters.

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