Our aim is to create a motivated, resilient and vibrant workplace where our people are valued, listened to and supported. And we want our colleagues to feel good about being themselves, irrespective of their background, gender, race, beliefs, physical ability or who they choose to love.
You can learn more about our partners. You'll also find information in the Improving Lives section of our Sustainability Report, and in our Modern Slavery statement in the Resources section.
Diversity and inclusion
In 2018, we set a clear ambition to have a 50:50 gender balance in leadership roles and 12% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation across our business by 2022. Our aim is for our diversity to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. In 2018 Virgin Atlantic’s median gender pay gap was 30% while Virgin Holidays’ pay gap was 23.1%. We believe in treating all of our people fairly, which is reflected in the fact that our analysis showed we do not have an equal pay issue. Like the rest of our industry, our gender pay gap is heavily influenced by the demographics of certain workgroups in our business, particularly pilots, engineers and cabin crew – and it means that our gender pay gap is higher than we’d like it to be. The introduction of gender pay reporting continues to be essential in holding businesses to account and we’re determined this will be a catalyst for change.
Last year we outlined a series of ambitions and measures to address these areas moving forward and you can learn more about these in our 2019 sustainability report.
We want our colleagues to proudly be themselves no matter their gender, their background, their beliefs, the colour of their skin, their physical ability or who they choose to love. Our Be Yourself manifesto outlines a number of initiatives to ensure we’re an inclusive place to work. In 2018, we became signatories of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter, issued our second gender pay report3 and launched Springboard training for women in non senior roles. Future plans include creating an inclusive hiring toolkit, supporting our employee networks and working with other businesses and government to effect industry change. These initiatives will help us build a culture where diversity is not just accepted, but embraced, championed and celebrated.
Working well, living better
For people to thrive they need to be well and feel at their best. We take a holistic view of wellbeing and have invested in the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of our people. Our goal is a highly motivated, resilient and vibrant workplace where our people feel valued, listened to and supported. In 2018, a significant area of focus was mental health. We signed the Time to Change pledge and opened up the public conversation about mental health to reduce stigma and discrimination within the workplace. We launched mental health first aid training and awareness sessions across the business and tailored peer to peer support for Cabin Crew.
In 2018, we launched Flourish, a journey which saw 1,600 of our people leaders develop the mindset and techniques they need to be at their best in order to lead and inspire their teams. We believe that by enhancing the capacity and capability of our leaders we can enhance the experience of all our people, ultimately leading to stronger engagement. All these initiatives contribute to the long term happiness of our people and therefore to the long term health of our business.
Our teams have long been champions of LGBT+ rights, taking part in many Pride events in the UK and promoting LGBT+ friendly holidays. In 2018, we entered a float at Brighton Pride and supported Pride Cymru where our customer service team in Wales raised £10,000 to sponsor the event. We also continued our annual sponsorship of the Attitude awards to celebrate success in the LGBT+ community.
We launched the UK’s first Pride Flight between London and New York, which will take place on 23 June 2019 and mark the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Uprising, widely regarded as a pivotal moment in LGBT+ history. Staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, we’ll let our people and customers know we’re celebrating LGBT+ culture at 38,000 feet.