At Sainsbury's Bank, we put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We develop our products with customers in mind, and our digital services too – our product pages, online applications, online servicing and mobile sites.
We want to make these services as simple as possible for everyone to use, including people who have a disability - such as a sight or hearing loss, or a physical impairment - so we are working hard to continually improve our online accessibility.
We aim to meet the standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - an international community that develops the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
WCAG 2.0 has 12 guidelines, which are tested to give an A, AA or AAA rating.
We carry out independent annual audits of our Public website and our Secure website, which includes online servicing and applications. Currently we meet most of the level A requirements and a large number of the AA requirements.
For the pages (including our third party content such as the application pages) that don't yet fully comply with all the requirements, we have an improvement plan in place. And our goal is to achieve level AA status across all products and pages, but we strive to reach AAA wherever possible.
There are 3 key steps in our digital design and development process to ensure a high standard of accessibility:
STEP 1: We follow industry best practice standards and guidelines
We have created a new set Digital Design Guidelines – this is an online style guide, used by our developers to ensure a high level of consistency across all pages. The guide includes best practice around accessibility and ensures that this is built into requirements at the start of a project.
Some of the standards we are rolling out include:
- Text size can be changed by clicking 'view', 'text size'
- Colour contrast has been checked to make sure it’s easy to read
- Links and buttons are highlighted to show if you're about to activate them
- All images have 'alt text' - a description within the code, which enables screen reader technology to read out what they are
- HTML headings are used, making it easier to navigate from heading to heading
- Tables are used to present information in a logical way and the headings have labels within the code, making it easier for screen readers to interpret them
- Links are descriptive, they make sense when read out of context, and are in a different colour to normal text
- 'Skip to main content' links allow you to bypass the navigation menu and go straight to content
- A type of code called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is used to present the pages in a structured way
- All application forms can be accessed via the keyboard and the code behind them includes labels to enable screen readers to describe them
STEP 2: We take ongoing guidance from industry experts
We work closely with independent accessibility experts to improve our services in response to changes in technology, user needs, behaviour and expectations.
We had our site audited in January 2016 and then again in January 2017 and we were pleased to see big improvements in WCAG rating across all pages.
We are now working on fixing the issues we found and will conduct ongoing audits and spot checks to confirm that the issues raised have been addressed successfully.
STEP 3: We carry out customer research and testing
We regularly ask real customers to test new services and give vital feedback – this includes testing our website with disabled customers.
We prioritise all feedback in terms of WCAG rating and customer impact and it is built into our ongoing improvements plan, along with the actions from our audits.
We have also tested our site on NVDA screen readers and are we are confident that our digital services are compatible with the recent versions of a range of assistive technologies.
(Date of statement – October 2017)
Our online banking service should work with all major modern operating systems and browsers.
You'll get the best possible and safest experience if you use the latest version of:
Internet Explorer / Edge(available for Windows) - Get Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox(available for Windows, Mac and Linux) - Get Mozilla Firefox
Chrome(available for Windows, Mac and Linux) - Get Chrome
Safari(available for Mac)
Safari is included with your Mac operating system and updates can be installed using the App Store.
If your computer does not have one of these web browsers, you may still be able to use our secure online service, but some of the features may not work as expected.
We do not support beta versions of web browsers.
Any installation difficulties should be referred to the vendor.
Modern browsers let you change the way you view and use websites. You can alter the text size, fonts, colour contrast, keyboard shortcuts, mouse pointer size/speed, and formatting.
Visit the following browser accessibility help pages for further information:
- Google Chrome browser accessibility options
- Internet Explorer accessibility options
- Mozilla Firefox accessibility options
Magnifying your screen
On a PC:
- Hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press '+' to zoom in
- Hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press '-' to zoom out
- Hold down 'Ctrl' and press '0' to reset
On a Mac:
- Hold down the 'cmd' (Apple) key and press '+' to zoom in
- Hold down the 'cmd' key and press '-' to zoom out
- Hold down 'cmd' key and press '0' to reset
You can find detailed guides on customising your computer, browser and mobile devices in order to make them easier to use on the following websites:
At Sainsbury’s Bank we try, wherever possible, to ensure all our ATMs meet the needs of disabled users:
- Access is suitable for wheelchair users
- Antiglare screens help maintain visibility in strong sunlight
- Tactile keys with braille assist visibly impaired users
- Coloured keys assist operation
- Audible keys let you know you have pressed key properly
- Plug-in connections for Deaf people enable a Talking ATM feature on 50% of our ATMs now and will be on 100% of them within three years