Opening its doors 160 years ago, and now with more than 14m members, Nationwide is the world’s biggest building society. It is one of the largest savings providers in the UK and a top-three provider of mortgages. It also provides current accounts, credit cards and personal loans.
On doing the right thing, they say, ‘Every decision we make as a business is underpinned by our core values of decency, fairness and dependability. Doing the right thing for our members is at the heart of what we do.’
Members have the opportunity to say how the mutual is run and vote each year in the AGM.
They also operate the Nationwide Foundation which, since 1997, has donated almost £30m to more than 3,000 charities. The Nationwide Foundation ‘vision’ is for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home which they can afford, so it makes grants and social investments in pursuit of this vision, helping people in housing need.