Santander UK has been awarded Top Employer status in the UK by the Top Employers Institute.

The international research undertaken annually by the Top Employers Institute recognises an organisation’s dedication to a better world of work and exhibits this through excellent HR policies and people practices.

The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. The survey assesses Santander’s employee offering against a number of criteria including: People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion. 

Santander UK’s Chief HR Officer Enrique Alvarez said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as a Top Employer for another year. In spite of a very challenging environment brought on by the pandemic, we’re proud of how we have continued to focus on creating a thriving workplace for all our colleagues, with a culture that prioritises wellbeing, develops the skills of people and promotes inclusion and diversity. This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to make Santander a great company to work for that helps people and businesses prosper.”

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says: “Despite the challenging year we have experienced (which has certainly made an impact on organisations around the globe), Santander UK has continued to demonstrate the power of putting their people first in the workplace. We are proud to share this year’s announcement and congratulate the organisations who have been certified in their respective countries through the Top Employers Institute programme.”

Banco Santander has also been recognised as a Top Employer in Europe by the Top Employers Institute. The certification is granted when a company is considered a Top Employer in at least five countries on the continent. In this case, Santander received the certificate in three of its main markets in Europe (Spain, Poland and the UK) and its Santander Consumer Finance units in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, France and Belgium. 

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About Top Employers Institute Certification Programme 
The Top Employers Institute Global Certification Programme has certified and recognised more than 1,600 Top Employers in more than 120 countries/regions across five continents.  The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more. 
Top Employers Institute  
Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in People Practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute Certification Programme, participating companies can be validated, certified and recognised as an employer of choice. Established 30 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1 600 organisations in 120 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 7 million employees globally.

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 30 June 2020, the bank had around 23,000 employees and serves around 14 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK. 

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It has a meaningful presence in 10 core markets in Europe and the Americas, and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Its purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal and fair way. Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of the first half of 2020, Banco Santander had more than a trillion euros in total funds, 146 million customers, of which 21.5 million are loyal and 40 million are digital, 11,800 branches and 194,000 employees. 

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